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antiqueman19540

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iconnumber posted 01-28-2003 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for antiqueman19540     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I WOULD LIKE ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFING THE MAKER, PATERN, AND AGE OF THESE STERLING HANDLED WOODEN FORK AND SPOON. ANY ASSISTANCE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. HERE IS LINK TO PHOTOS.

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Anuh

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iconnumber posted 01-29-2003 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anuh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by antiqueman19540:
I WOULD LIKE ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFING THE MAKER, PATERN, AND AGE OF THESE STERLING HANDLED WOODEN FORK AND SPOON. ANY ASSISTANCE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. HERE IS LINK TO PHOTOS.



From the style, this would appear to be a fairly modern salad fork and spoon. Could you please tell us what the writing in the photograph is? It is not clear.

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antiqueman19540

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iconnumber posted 01-29-2003 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for antiqueman19540     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All that is on the handles is "Sterling Handle".

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Anuh

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iconnumber posted 01-30-2003 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Anuh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by antiqueman19540:
All that is on the handles is "Sterling Handle".

I was afraid of that. There have been, unfortunately, a large number of small jewelers, silverplaters, and other manufacturies over the past 50 years or so who made pieces for the table. Without being able to identify the pattern, it will be almost impossible to find the maker unless there is some other mark on these?

I'm sure that had there been an easy answer, you would have gotten already. I suggest that you keep your eyes open and see what you come up with. An occasional websearch might eventually bring up the info, or a repeated search on eBay for "sterling handle", done in the description as well as the title.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 09-02-2003 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your pattern is almost a dead ringer for Georg Jensen's Cactus pattern. Just as American jewelry firms like Coro, Norseland, etc. made cheap stamped copies of Jensen brooches, etc., many American silver manufacturers made copies of Jensen flatware patterns.

So, your salad set is an example of an American Jensen knockoff. Jensen did make silver handled salad sets, but if your pieces were Jensen, they would be marked as such. Middle- to lower-end companies like Frank Whiting, Webster, Baker-Manchester, etc. produced silver handled sets like yours. I think I have seen Frank Whiting desk pieces in this same design.

[This message has been edited by Paul Lemieux (edited 09-02-2003).]

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Anuh

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Very interesting information, Paul. Thanks.

You will also find that most of these small "hostess makers" would make knockoffs of all kinds of flatware and have done so since the early 20th century if not earlier. People who could not afford a high quality sterling flatware set could often buy "look alikes" which were very similar in design with only small differences. Some of these look alikes are very popular even today.

Jensen produced Cactus starting in 1930's (missed it the first time I looked), so this set is probably much later. The fork and spoon don't look as smooth and finished as I would expect. JMO of course.

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