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iconnumber posted 06-20-2006 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Here is a wonderful little piece from a maker I had not encountered before. It is a souvenir Bon Bon server in the shape of a California poppy, suitable washed in an orange-y gold. The handle is set at a tangent to the bowl, something I had seen on one or two other bonbons from various makers, but hardly common.

According to Rainwater, George Shreve left Shreve & Co. in 1912 and set up shop around the corner with Treat & Eacret, and were in business until 1941. Shreve & Co. marked silver is reasonably common, but this is the first piece of ST&E I have seen. Does anyone else have a piece to share? Maybe they concentrated on jewelry, and didn't produce much in the way of flatware and holloware? Or perhaps people just call it Shreve and don't make the distinction?


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iconnumber posted 06-21-2006 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent, I have done no research on this, but this looks very much like the work of Paye & Baker.

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iconnumber posted 06-21-2006 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree, stylistically it does look like a P&B product. However, this piece is quite substantial, as opposed to the average P&B piece that could be bent in half by a stong breeze:-). I think Paye & Baker, like Manchester, would be a lot more appreciated today if their flaware were not so flimsy. The designs are certainly not the problem.


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iconnumber posted 06-22-2006 12:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many of my favorite souvenir spoons are by Paye & Baker (several even have a nice weight to them) and by Watson. Feel sure this is a Watson piece, Rainwater's American Spoons (2nd edition, plate 690) shows a very similar Honolulu, Hawaii hibiscus flower bon-bon.

Cheryl ;o)

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2006 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I feel as well that this is a Watson example.

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2006 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm, Brent... looks like another example of mistaking the retailer's mark for a maker's mark wink

In the absence of a trademark stamp, I'm sure I would have guessed the same. In fact, I'm a little surprised that so many members immediately came up with suggestions for the true attribution!

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iconnumber posted 06-22-2006 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sure enough. Not quite sure why I was thinking it was made by ST&E; I guess the connection to the Shreve factory made me think it might have been a home-grown product. Anyway, it could well be a Watson piece; does anyone have a definite Watson piece with only a retailer's mark to seal the deal?


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iconnumber posted 08-12-2021 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Trefid     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have a ST&E-marked piece, but I do own an unmarked Gorham SAXON STAG pickle set which came in a Shreve, Treat & Eacret silver bag. I'm fairly sure they were only retailers.

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iconnumber posted 06-17-2023 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shreve, Treat & Eacret was mostly a retailer. I've never seen any flatware that they made, and know that they retailed some Gorham hollowware. I do have a couple of pieces that I believe ST&E made, both of which are trophies. Here are some photos of the smaller but more attractive of these.

This little golf trophy has a poppy-form cup and was presented in 1926. It is 6-1/4" high and nearly 3" diameter.

The Northern California Golf Association emblem on the cup is partially enameled.
The cup is nicely chased to look like a California poppy.

The underside of the trophy's foot is stamped with Shreve Treat & Eacret / sterling and with base loaded / 2.

[This message has been edited by RichardT (edited 06-27-2023).]

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