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lisa

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iconnumber posted 07-02-2001 03:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lisa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently came across this item while surfing silver flatware at an online. The item appealed to me, but I didn't have a clue what it was (poor photo/description) so I thought I would just watch it and then maybe bid later. It started out at $5. When I went back to check on it the bid was over $800 and then it closed at $1,125.

Any ideas???


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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-02-2001 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The seller's description helps a bit.
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Hello you are bidding on one heck of a neat item here...this looks like a spoon, but it is actually all sea shells, fossils & sand that have been put together to look like a spoon. It is truly a beautiful piece. It has either been sprayed or painted with a gold substance or even bronzed? It measures 9". The picture does not do this justice, so if you would like I will e-mail you more up close pictures upon request.

I suppose the bidders contacted the seller for more information about the marks and for the closeup photos. Off the top of my head, it looks like the cast Gorham "Sea Serpent" motif (c. 1880-85).

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-02-2001 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As it happens, I was the high bidder on that spoon. It is in the rather rare Gorham Narragansett pattern, which is composed of numerous marine life motifs, such as shells, fishes, seaweed, etc. The seller at first did not know that it was even sterling, and said she could not find a mark. However, she sent me several close-up photos, and I determined that it was indeed a genuine piece of this pattern, as the detail was remarkable, and Gorham's marks and "STERLING" were discernible to me.

When I receive the spoon, I will clean it up and post better pictures in the Gorham forum. There is also a similar piece in Venable's Silver in America, I think fig. 6.60.

[This message has been edited by Paul Lemieux (edited 07-02-2001).]

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lisa

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iconnumber posted 07-03-2001 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lisa     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pretty funny that it was one of you who was the high bidder. Guess there were two of you who knew what the spoon was. I did find the Narragansett pattern in my copy of Venables and thought it could be a possibility. I couldn't find any reference to "Sea Serpent".
I bet that was one happy seller!! I guess I could have asked for details, but I'm sure you could appreciate it more than me, as I am only a novice at this silver stuff. Looking forward to seeing a good photo.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 07-03-2001 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations, Paul! Great piece, even if you did have to pay through the nose.

Brent

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-12-2001 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lisa and others, click here (Narragansett) to see the follow up in the Gorham Silver forum.

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