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iconnumber posted 09-30-2009 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found this silver-handled button hook with cupids swarming up it, sadly squished at the bottom (even the steel hook is twisted--someone must have tried to use it to lift an elephant or something). I wonder why the cupids need to climb up the ribbons--what's the point of wings if you're not going to fly?

But most of all, I wonder what the pattern is. It looks very familiar. No marks except a 5 and a monogram.

Recognize it, anyone?

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iconnumber posted 09-30-2009 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks something like a Gorham Christmas novelty pattern I've seen. It's beautiful.

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iconnumber posted 09-30-2009 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is it with fin-de-siecle America and its obsession with cupids and otherwise naked babies?

Here's a piece of enameled porcelain (18 inches high, no less) from the Ceramic Art Company of Trenton, currently on view in the new exhibition 100 Masterpieces of Art Pottery at Newark. It is a theme that recurs constantly. Unger did several patterns with cupids/babies.

Was three a significant number?
Cupid trinities?

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iconnumber posted 09-30-2009 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could it be a cutie-pie version of the three Graces? Yours, at least, are in a classic Graces ring-around-the-rosy pose. And their wee li'l private parts are covered up with flowers, so there's no saying what sex they are (if any).

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2009 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

My wife has had the above jewelry box on her dressing table for as long as I can remember. Three babies are depicted on this Gorham piece instead of cupids, but in either case these items may have satisfied a motherly instinct. Some time after our last child was born she started collecting baby beds and these have come in handy with grandchildren.

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