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iconnumber posted 09-14-2004 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lisa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been looking for an art nouveau double spouted punch ladle forever! It seems they

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iconnumber posted 09-14-2004 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can’t really tell from your photos.....
  • My first speculation was that it was poorly die struck.
  • My second was that it was slammed shut in a drawer. I have seen many a serving piece that has been broken into pieces, folded and creased and destroyed by someone hip checking or pulling too hard on a drawer. I have seen these damaged items most often poorly repaired. Only once have I seen and was very impressed by the repair job done by a conservator silversmith. Most times the item should have been scrapped.
  • My third speculation was that it might be a casting copied from an original. Done in sections and assembled.

Whatever it is it doesn’t feel right. It does look like a good place holder until you can find a better example.

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iconnumber posted 09-15-2004 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The piece looks a bit too crisp to be cast, IMHO. The repairs idea would suggest that pieces were soldered together. My understanding and experience is that this type of repair almost never works. My own dumb idea is that these are damages incurred when the piece was buffed prior to leaving the factory. I have done very similar things to silver items when I had buffing accidents. Just a slight touch of silver on the spinning metal can leave a mark like those you show. In my experience large pieces of flatware are difficult to buff on a wheel as they keep hitting the metal. They just arn't ment to go on a standard flatware setup.

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