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Ulysses Dietz

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iconnumber posted 02-27-2009 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having fun with my new phone camera! This table spoon (which I used to eat my frosted shredded wheat this morning) is a fragment of a service that Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant ordered from Bailey & Co. for her victorious (and thus prosperous) husband.

This is one of those rare moments when you can understand exactly why Julia chose the new "Medallion" pattern--just brought out in 1864.

The monogram identifies and dates it precisely.

And the marks tell a nice story of retail trade. Tiffany & Co. was also selling Gorham Medallion...

My mother only got two of these spoons, and my brother and I each got one. A fine symbol of a self-made man and his devoted ever-ambitious consumer wife.

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Ulysses Dietz

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iconnumber posted 02-27-2009 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the handle end of a large soup ladle I bought on my own years ago--with a lady on it. This also has the same marks, but instead of Bailey & Co. it says TIFFANY & CO.

here's the handle.

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iconnumber posted 02-27-2009 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thou art a Very lucky young man!


[This message has been edited by jersey (edited 02-27-2009).]

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Cheryl and Richard

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iconnumber posted 03-01-2009 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cheryl and Richard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ulysses, that is truly a treasure!

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iconnumber posted 03-03-2009 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your spoon is a great treasure from a great couple.

U.S. Grant’s memoirs are considered by many to be the best autobiography written by a U.S. President and were a great financial success. From what I have read, the memoirs were written while he was in great pain, but because of his love for his wife and his desire to provide for her he completed them.

U.S. Grant has been on the rise in the Presidential Leadership Survey moving from 33 to 23 in the last ten years. Of particular note is that in the category “Pursued Equal Justice for All” he rose from number 18 to number 9.

LeeAnna Keith the author of “The Colfax Massacre” noted that U.S. Grant referred to the incident in Colfax, Louisiana as a massacre and not as a riot. This may be indicative of his attitude towards equal justice.

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