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vathek

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iconnumber posted 11-17-2007 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vathek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm always amazed at the extra quality I see on earlier Gorham pieces as evidenced by this sterling mesh purse frame which has hand cut pierced work.

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 11-18-2007 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is something about Gorham, Tiffany, Shiebler and a few other top companies that went that extra bit in weight and workmanship.

I have the good fortune to occasionally repair pieces from these companies and usually the repairs are simple dent removal because they are well designed and made and do not suffer the crushed bases and dimpled ferules, etc. of other less well made objects
The engraver who did this cutting was at the top of his game.
I just want to add that sometimes when a job from one of these companies comes out of the box it can take my breath away and I feel so lucky to handle them!

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 11-21-2007 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What always astonishes me about work like this is that it was absolutely standard for any manufacturer of quality, whether silver or jewelry. Fine engraving was expected and was found on an amazing number of otherwise quite ordinary objects. Silver companies (and even jewelry stores) would have highly skilled engravers, sometimes a dozen or more (in a larger firm). Engraving always cost more, but when you look at labor costs at the turn of the 20th century, you can understand why such great detail was lavished on so many objects.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-21-2007 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So sad that Gorham and quality seems to be an oxymoron these days.

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