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iconnumber posted 01-06-2006 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Congratulations to moderators Richard A. Kurtzman and William P. Hood Jr. and their co-authors for the excellent article in this month's Silver Magazine. It is a real treat to see the original design drawings of some of the ivory-handled flatware by Whiting.

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2006 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for outwest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, congratulations.
I think I might have to get that magazine.

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2006 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for t-man-nc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outwest, You really need to... I begin looking forward to the next issue, by the time i reach the classified....

Great Article Gentlemen....!


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iconnumber posted 02-23-2006 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Whiting enameled handle asparagus server pictured here was sold several months ago at an online auction. This server has the same blade as the one Whiting used for their Ivory asparagus server. I don't know the name of this pattern, but I have seen this combination of handle and blade, with and without enamel, several times now. I believe that it was factory made and that it demonstrates how Whiting and other factories would blend an element from one pattern with another.

I used to think that the serving ends of the Ivory pieces were unique to that pattern, but I now believe otherwise. Has anyone seen other examples of this or other Ivory ends joined with other patterns?

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iconnumber posted 02-26-2006 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hello     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have on at least a few occasions, but only on the auction site and they have long since expired.

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iconnumber posted 03-01-2006 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carlaz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In reference to enameled pieces, I recall in a SM article (January/February 1996) by Sam Hough, Gorham produced a series of Chantilly called "Dutch Treat" where a beautiful Delft enamel scene was applied as a special order option. According to this article, the special order cost for enamelled design, which included additional hand gilding almost doubled the wholesale cost so I image that this would also influence the retail as well.

As for the exact piece you have referenced with the Ivory implements, that is the only time I have ever come across the classic "Ivory Implements" to a serving piece. The piece I have actually had was not made up was actually a research challenge as I was also stumped at seeing the "Ivory" style implement with a solid sterling handle, in an unknown pattern as well. Great piece though and thank you for sharing!

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