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middletom

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iconnumber posted 08-20-2007 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Recently, at a second-hand store, I found a small sterling cup, dented and tarnished. It has nice proportions with a rolled rim. It was obviously spun rather than raised. The stamp is "sterling by Grand" set one word above another with sterling at the top, all in a long oval. Sorry no pictures but I'm not good at that and I have enough grey hairs as it is.
Anyone familiar with that mark? Rainwater doesn't have it.
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jersey

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iconnumber posted 08-20-2007 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello middletom!
This is what I have found doing a search.
Grand Sterling Co. in New York is an importer of sterling silver since 1963. They are a wholesalers and retailers of sterling silver, mostly of Judaica.
Hope this helps.
Enjoy the day!
Jersey

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middletom

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iconnumber posted 08-23-2007 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jersey,
Thank you for that information. This cup doesn't appear to me to be Judaica, though for all I know, it well could be. It is interesting in that the cup was originally without decoration, but someone who was an novice engraver started to decorate the cup with a design that appears to be three feathers attached to a band. That design was engraved three times on the cup and a fourth rendition was started, but not finished. Above and below that design are thin bands of zig-zag engraving which varied in their zigs and zags. The bottom band doesn't line up where the two ends meet. Or perhaps I should say they don't meet. Also, the "feathers" are just outlines done with the same zig-zag work as the bands.

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 08-23-2007 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi again middletom!
I can relate to your predicament re posting pictures, both you & I are handicapped in this matter.
That said, in further searching I have also come up with sterling clarets marked sterling by grand 0.925, TOPAZIO, PORTUGAL. Could be another possibility. I must add that they are marked as such as well. Hope someone can help you with your treasure.
Enjoy the day!
Jersey

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middletom

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iconnumber posted 08-30-2007 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jersey, Thanks again for your help. I suppose, since this cup was made off-shore, this thread shouldn't be under "American Sterling".
My mother was from Hackensack and she was a great silver enthuesiast and kindled my interest in silver. Are you from near there?
Thanks again. Middletom

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 09-04-2007 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello middletom!
Glad I could help some what.
Don't want to get away from the forum silver topics, but what a surprise to hear about your ties to Jersey. My teen years I spent in Hackensack, & I am there just about everyday. Where did your Mom live? I have collector friends there.
Maybe you could email me & we could chat.
Jersey

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middletom

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iconnumber posted 09-14-2007 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jersey,
I'd be happy to email you. How do go about doing that? I don't imagine you want to put the address on this site. Maybe Scott can give you mine.

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iconnumber posted 09-14-2007 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Middletom!
That would be great, if it's OK with Scott.
Thanks
Jersey

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