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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 09-11-2001 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have been unable to determine who made either of these two items:

1. A small Aesthetic style letter opener, marked "STERLING / DSS" and "072".

2. A silver cane handle with applied silver & copper decoration, and an inlaid copper monogram. It is unsigned, but perhaps the same designs have been seen on signed pieces.





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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 09-13-2001 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two beautiful pieces. The owl and the bird in flight on the cane handle are reminiscent of Shiebler designs I have seen.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 12-01-2003 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After having the unsigned silver & copper cane handle for almost three years, the mystery of its maker is finally solved. A few weeks ago at a flea market I picked up a set of stickpins that included the goose in flight one shown next to the cane. The design, size, and shape of the goose on both pieces is absolutely identical. The stickpin is signed by the Howard Sterling Company. So, it is safe to say that the buckle was made by Howard as well. I have always thought that Howard produced wonderful jewelry, but it seems like they are underrated and little-known.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 12-03-2003 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Isn't it great one and one finally makes two!

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hello

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iconnumber posted 03-10-2006 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hello     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just seen a inkwell marked by the Howard and Shiebler at auction (completed). Identical to one marked only by Shiebler. Maybe Howard Co. picked up some of Shiebler's stuff from Gorham?

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This well-designed and beautifully-crafted inkwell is cut with 'swirled tusks.' The repousse sterling silver lid is marked 'Howard & Co.' followed by a set of wings with an 'S' in the middle, followed by 'cc--sterling--New York.'

The sterling has been professionally polished, fits well, has a tight hinge and is in perfect condition; the glass is in our better-than-extremely-fine condition. The inkwell measures 3 7/8-inches in diameter and stands 3 1/2-inches tall.


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outwest

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iconnumber posted 03-11-2006 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for outwest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ooooooo
Those are nice.
That's all I have to add. smile

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 03-11-2006 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hello, Howard Sterling Company and Howard & Company were two different companies. The inkwell was made by Shiebler and retailed by Howard & Company of NYC.

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