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venus

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2005 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for venus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had a nice hunting day today and found 8 small shells (salt dishes?) marked sterling and had the number 4 on the base as well. The large shell (master salt?) had these marks on it a lily a crown and a standing lion (facing left)under each of these there is a square with other figures that I cannot make out. Think the center one is a star. The ones on either side look alike. Under this are the intials GBW&S (or so I think) under this is a 3. The shell rests on 3 snail like feet. On the top there is an engraved unicorn. Any ideas or direction I can go to look? I have no research books (yet) and the local library will not let the research books out of the library. Any help would be appreciated. Also
got a lovely Georg Jensen dish at the same place, so am wondering if the time period for both are the same?

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wev
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iconnumber posted 07-19-2005 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you do a search for E G Webster, you will find numerous posts on the firm, including this E. G. Webster & Sons

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venus

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2005 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for venus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just doing a little research and according to one source a standing lion is the mark for Glasgow,Scotland and a crown for Sheffield England. I think what I thought was a lily is a fer de lance (spelling is wrong to be sure) the 2 crowns look similair but not quite the same as do the lions.

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venus

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2005 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for venus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well that was fast, thanks so much wev.

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venus

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2005 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for venus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
just curious what those symbols could mean now that it is a known American company and not English or Scottish.

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2005 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nothing at all past an illusory reference to British silver work. The firm also used a W in a star suspended in a spider's web -- goodness only know what that was supposed to denote.

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venus

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iconnumber posted 07-19-2005 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for venus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
too funny... anyhow thanks again

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 07-21-2005 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By the way, a lily is a fleur-de-lys, fer-de-lance is a poisonous snake.

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iconnumber posted 07-21-2005 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Think it's supposed to be a Prince-of-Wales plume on the Webster mark.

Cheryl ;o)

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venus

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iconnumber posted 07-21-2005 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for venus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
heh wink

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