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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-09-2005 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new Gorham forum challenge.

I have selected from a 1890 (ish) Gorham catalogue a page showing a set of 12 "Blue Point" oyster forks.

The challenge is can you post an actual image of any of these?

Even if you can’t post an image of these, let us know if you like the idea. If you do, we can select other interesting smalls for a similar challenge

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 12-10-2005 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the idea of a Gorham forum challenge. Am unable to post pictures of actual specimens, but a picture of 10 Bluepoint oyster forks can be found in The Magazine Antiques, September 2002 issue, p. 101 (Plate XIII).

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iconnumber posted 12-21-2005 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi folks,

In keeping with the theme of Gorham (and all its possessions), and seafood / cocktail forks, I thought about these pretty creatures, 6 of each, made by William B. Durgin, which came to me in a beat up Theodore B. Starr fitted box. The shells are applied, and the seaweed is hand engraved on each piece. They are each a little over 6 1/8" long and pretty close to unused condition.

Each piece is stamped on the back with the old Durgin "bird in a dotted circle", "sterling" and "Theodore B. Starr".

Thought you would appreciate it.


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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 12-21-2005 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the pictures of the very interesting Durgin forks, Marc. I have not seen that design before. Perhaps they are part of a not-full-line pattern, along with the serving fork below. Its handle matches your pieces in shape and also has the bizarre, snaking seaweed(?) design. However, the shell on my fork is engraved rather than applied, and there is a picture of a sailboat engraved inside of the shell. The serving fork is 10 1/2" long with a trident-shaped functional end. It is marked STERLING with Durgin's old bird mark and the retailer's name, Dickinson. I suspect the forks date from about 1880.

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