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mdhavey

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iconnumber posted 07-27-2007 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdhavey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's one of four large, heavy (over 2oz.) aesthetic place spoons that I recently bought at auction for little money because (presumably) the mark had people mystified. Anyone know what accomplished 19th century maker?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-27-2007 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joseph B and Stephen M Knowles

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mdhavey

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iconnumber posted 07-27-2007 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdhavey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of course, now I see it. Until I took the close up picture and posted it I've been looking at the mark rotated 90 degrees, as if it were a bucking mule! Thanks, Scott...

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mdhavey

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iconnumber posted 07-27-2007 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdhavey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the clue in hand that it's not a bucking mule, the pattern itself can be researched as Webster, no doubt named after Joseph Knowles' original partner, Henry Webster (1808 - 1864), who was also the original founding partner, with Jabez Gorham, of the Gorham Company (first called Gorham & Webster). Nice history lesson to tie up the loose ends...

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You can find out about Joseph Knowles, together with the patent information for this pattern, by going here

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mdhavey

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iconnumber posted 07-31-2007 11:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdhavey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fascinating! The patent drawing is of this pattern. My hat is off...

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