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diane biasucci

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2006 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for diane biasucci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have several cast pug dogs, 1.5" tall, and they have alphabetical characters on their base. Does anyone know the significance of the markings?
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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2006 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Diane,

Welcome to the forum. We might be able to help you out, but we really need some photos of the items and the marks. Can you also tell us a bit about your interest in silver, something we ask of all new members?

Thanks,

Tom

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diane biasucci

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2006 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for diane biasucci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom:
Sorry I don't have a camera. The pepper shakers bear the Dominick & Haff mark, sterling, and an alphabetical character, e.g. A or P or Z. I have described them as being 1.5" in height. They are perfect pug dog replicas.

I am a collector. Hope to hear from someone.
Cordially, Diane

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2006 07:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Diane,

Since I collect British and Continental silver, all I can offer is that "sterling" indicates the piece is 92.5% pure silver. Others more knowledgeable about American silver can help with other marks.

Tom

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 08-04-2006 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the pug-dog pepper casters all identical in form? In finish? Are the alphabetical characters "marks" (i.e. put on by the manufacturer) or "monograms" (i.e. put on by the retailer for a specific buyer)? If they are just factory marks, there's nothing we can tell you (I don't think anyone's researched the Dominick & Haff incidental marks). They MIGHT refer to the original finish (gilt, French grey, etc.) or the gauge of the silver. Or, and this goes back to my first question, they might refer to variations in pose, thus differentiating the "line" of cute pug peppers. I am assuming that this is the late D&H mark, the one that has no numbers inside the shapes.

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diane biasucci

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iconnumber posted 08-04-2006 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for diane biasucci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Mr. Deitz did you get my reply?

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diane biasucci

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iconnumber posted 08-04-2006 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for diane biasucci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the reply again. For some reason the message sent this morning did not arrive.

The cast pugs have the full D&H stamp. "D&H" inside the retangle, a circle, and the numbers "897" in the diamond.

Each pug has an alphabetical character stamped on the bottom. Mine are stamped "L", "M", and "P". I know a person who has two identical pugs and they are stamped with other characters of the alphabet.

The size, finish and poses are all identical. They have collars, hairy chests, cute perked ears.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 08-07-2006 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These sound like terrific pieces. There should also be a "1" in the diamond, perhaps it was poorly struck or worn out over time. The diamond contains the date of manufacture, which I suspect to be 1879 in this case. Perhaps the letters refer to the worker who did the finishing work on the items. Or maybe each was stamped sequentially (for whatever reason) when it was made, which could explain why the ones you own are stamped L, M, P, three letters very close together in the alphabet.

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