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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2008 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the 1880s, several American makers used the basket weave as a decorative motif on their silver, some of it inspired by Russian trompe l'oeil silver. I think it looks great.

Here are some examples. Does anybody have others to share?

c1880 Durgin pie slice



c1885 Durgin coffee spoon

c1880 Durgin bottle



c1880-85 Whiting napkin rings



c1880-85 Whiting butter pat.

Wood & Hughes produced a basket weave design very similar to the Whiting examples above.

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2008 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Paul!

Your pieces are stunning. Wish I did have some to share.

Jersey

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FWG

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2008 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your Durgin bottle looks like it's actually woven rather than a trompe l'oeil finish. No? What does it say on the label? Is it an encased glass bottle? Likewise, the pie server looks like it's actually braided from a split stock, then finished to look like banana or bamboo leaves.

I can't remember whether I have any faux weave, but will keep it in mind next time I go through things. I do have a few actual woven silver wire pieces, a weakness of mine....

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2008 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The pie knife is actually braided.

The miniature bottle is designed to resemble a rattan-encased bottle of maraschino, a cherry liqueur. The "label" on the bottle reads "Marraschino [sic] Fino Trieste" with a double-headed eagle design. The basket weave on the bottle is realistically hand-engraved. The four vertical straps (three of which are missing a piece) are applied.

I don't know what the bottle is for. It is not glass lined. It has a perforated lid. An example of this design was sold at a Heritage Galley auction and described as a cologne bottle. I would think a cologne bottle should have an airtight seals, and that the open performations on this would allow essences from the cologne to escape, but I'm not really sure.

All of the other pieces are die-struck, seemingly the commonest method to acquire a faux basket weave pattern.

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2008 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if the bottle could be for a type of talcum powder.

Jersey

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-07-2008 01:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's an example from Wood & Hughes.

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carlaz

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Scott Martin
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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 07-07-2008 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
carlaz, Nice piece. Who's the maker and what is the finial?

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