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middletom

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iconnumber posted 01-06-2010 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An enthusiast of ONC came in today to mention that he had seen on At auction some ONC silver in the Old Newbury pattern and it was stamped with the name of Rand and Crane. This apparently was a retailer, perhaps a jeweler, and we were thinking that the names suggest Boston as its location.

In the time I've worked at ONC I've never seen a stamp with those names and Bob Lapham has no knowledge of them either. Has anyone out there heard of Rand and Crane, and have you any information about them?

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wev
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iconnumber posted 01-07-2010 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Boston c 1886 - 1920's; successors to Kennard & Co.

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2010 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I own a couple of handwrought spoons that I believe were made by George Blanchard and are marked Rand & Crane.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2010 04:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rand & Crane did retail silver by various Boston area arts & crafts silversmiths. Unfortunately, some of them did not include their own trademarks, so the actual makers are unidentified.

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middletom

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2010 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you all for your responses. Those pieces offered for sale would be from the early years of ONC.

Fred, you wrote that you believe George Blanchard made the pieces you have. Didn't he mark his silver? And, if not, why do you believe he made those pieces?

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 01-20-2010 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pure speculation and spreading the thoughts of other respected collectors and dealers. As Brent says... without the maker's marks we can never be sure who made these.
Fred

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