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iconnumber posted 04-07-2005 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cameron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am finally looking closly at silverware that came from the Saegmuller family and see aside from Gorham's Chantilly, there are other works. I cannot find info on "Henry Hinke" whose name is on 4 sterling salard forks and one small tong with ends like claws.

George N. Saegmuller was, for a time, a partner in Bausch & Lomb. He died at his home, Reserve Hill, in Arlington, VA, in 1931. He divided the 36 place settings of Chantilly amongst his three sons. My inheritance came through Frederick B. Saegmuller.

I am apparently on the start of a long and interesting trip. Any help for the new kid on the block will be gratefully accepted.

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iconnumber posted 04-07-2005 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
George N. Saegmuller was a scientific instrument dealer and manufacturer in Washington, DC with his two brothers-in-law (whom he eventually bought out)in the 1880's, when Bausch & Lomb were making instruemnts for him designed to his specifications. Prior to this, he worked for the US Coast and Geodetic survey in Washington, sometime after his arrival in 1870 from Germany. In 1905 he joined with Carl Zeiss (of Jena, Germany) and B&L in Rochester, NY in a joint firm whose logo read B&L over Z-S, for Bausch & Lomb, Zeiss-Saegmuller. The arrangement with Zeiss was suspended in 1915 (WWI), reestablished in 1921, and dissolved in 1941 (WWII); the combined logo was dropped in 1915 with the suspension of the Zeiss arrangement, but Saegmuller remained with B&L, finally leaving the firm in 1929. Gorham's Chantilly was introduced in 1895.

So Henry Hinke, who was undoubtably a retailer, should be looked for in the Washington/Arlington area; since George Saegmuller maintained his home in Arlington until his death in 1831, the silver could have been purchased, depending on when Hinke was in business, anytime between 1895 and 1931; or if he can't be found there, it could have been bought in Rochester between 1915 and 1929.

If Hinke's name is not on the Chantilly pieces, you will have to identify the other patterns, find their dates of introduction, and then work in their time frame.

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iconnumber posted 04-07-2005 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Henry Hinke, a Prussian by birth, is listed in the 1880 census as a watchmaker, age 34, working in Washington DC.

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iconnumber posted 04-08-2005 10:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cameron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for quick replies. I am also in the process of finding out about a set of Japanese bronze elephants, graded, and set on a natural 72" root. I think it was bought by G.N.S. at the 1876 Exhibition in Philadelphia.

I've been looking at the 1880 census for other branchs of my family: Poppenbergs and Aurachers.

Lots more silver to look through; "I'll be back."

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