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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 08-04-2000 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just browsing through some of the old forum archives and way back in July of '99, Mr. Dietz asked if anybody knew of any Kerr flatware...I know this response comes quite some time after the initial question...A couple weeks ago I went to an antique shop in Orford, NH and bought a Kerr youth spoon with an acid-etched dog smoking a long pipe as well as a Kerr three piece youth set comprising a fork, a hollow-handled knife w/plated blade & a spoon, each with acid-etched animals (fork = beagle puppy, knife = 3 bunnies, spoon = tabby cat). Also, each piece is etched with the type of animal depicted. All pieces are numbered on the back near the Kerr mark, from 6012-6014. The first spoon i mentioned is numbered 6011. It doesn't belong to the set, but just happens to have a consecutive number. A few days ago on eBay, I saw a matching porringer; sadly, the antique store didn't have one of those for me to buy along with the flatware! The pieces appear to date from c.1910.

Paul

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-07-2000 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul,
June asked me to share this with you.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 08-08-2000 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Scott. My set is very similar. The shape of the handles are the same, and the lettering and decoration on June's "Lamb" fork are virtually identical to mine. The only difference appears to be that the marks on your set are incuse while mine are raised (except for the numbers, which are incuse on mine as well).

Paul

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2000 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some pictures of the set, if anybody wants to see them.





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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-25-2001 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another example of Kerr children's flatware. Seems to be based on a nursery rhyme, but I'm not sure which one. Maybe, "Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been? I've been to London to see the Queen." There is a cat in a party dress and hat with a mouse below and some kind of bird above it. It's a sweet piece.

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2005 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not sure if anyone's interested in another Kerr children's piece, but I recently let this baby spoon go from my collection. Not sure if she's Mary with her lamb or Little Bo Peep. Marked the same as Paul's smoking dog (what tale is that from?), with the number being 6001 rather than 6014.

Cheryl ;o)

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-05-2005 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Always great to see another.
Thanks.

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 07-06-2005 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting! I have seen a lot of Kerr children's silver (including wonderful demi-lune trays designed to fit into highchairs); but I was thinking about Kerr "adult" flatware, and it seems from all of this that, unlike Unger Brothers, they may not have produced any flatware other than for baby or youth sets.

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