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LDavidson

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Hello All
A bit about myself, I'm a 32 y/o male in New Hampshire. I work for a company the reclaims silver and precious metals from x-ray films, lithographic films and electronics. I recently came across a wall-mounted Crucifix that appears to be either silver or silver plated, and am trying to find out more about it. The only markings are a stamp "JB" above the number 1935. I'm wondering the age and maker of this piece, and any help would be greatly appreciated. I can provide pics, and I'll see if I can figure out how to post them.

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LDavidson

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outwest

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I'd like to see it. Try again.

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LDavidson

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Dale

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Liturgical and religious silver is something not very well understood, IMHO. Most of the major makers did produce some religious items, but not a whole lot. The bulk of such silver comes from sources that are rather foreign to the silver collecting world. For example, the Atelier de Religieuse Montreal is not listed in standard reference works. They produced some wonderful RC items; monstrances in particular. I know nothing about them beyond the pieces I have encountered.

Crucifexes are an item that can be in plate or sterling. Many seem to have an origin in companies that made other church goods.

Sorry not to be of more help.

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dragonflywink

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Without a picture, would be an educated guess, but Jennings Brothers Manufacturing of Bridgeport, CT made (along with many other things) both brass and spelter religious pieces including Crucifixes, some with silverplating. Most of their pieces were simply marked "JB" with a 3 or 4 digit design number. Believe they were in business from 1890 until the foundry was destroyed by fire in 1941.

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LDavidson

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iconnumber posted 04-02-2006 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LDavidson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
whew, I figured out the pics!

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witzhall

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Congratulations! Interesting looking piece; sorry, I can only appreciate, not contribute to your knowledge . . .

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dragonflywink

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It's a Jennings Bros. piece. They were well known for their cast clock cases and decorative novelty items. I have a wonderful old gilt rose brass Ethrog box (spice container) by them, so they made Judaica as well as Christian items.

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Great job on the pictures. It's hard to figure out how to post pictures. smile
I don't know a thing about the cross, but I am glad that Dragonfly was here.

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