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Brent

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Hello all,

Here is an interesting puzzler. This sterling letter opener has a nice twisted open wire-work handle and looks a lot like something you might expect from, say, Shiebler. I would date it to the 1890s. The mark, though, is rubbed and unfamiliar to me. I can't seem to find anything quite like it in Rainwater. Does anyone have any ideas?

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2008 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sort of looks like Edward Todd & Co.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2008 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're right, it does. It isn't exact, but I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be the mark of a later iteration of the same firm.

Good spotting! I completely missed it

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My pleasure Brent! Edward Todd born in Plymouth, Connecticut September 18, 1826; married in New York City February 1, 1853 Lydia Alden Giddings born July 1, 1831.

There is an Edward Todd "pedling" in the 1850 U S Federal Census for Rocky Hill, Hartford County, Connecticut.

George W Mabie attests to the validity of the information on Edward Todd's 1868 passport application which gives some weight to the correctness of Rainwater's first description of Edward Todd & Co's history.

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