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Richard Kurtzman
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Shown above is a photo from page 238 of the catalogue for the MODERNISM IN AMERICAN SILVER exhibition. The caption for the illustration describes the items as a creamer and sugar bowl and a covered pot by Towle Silversmiths and Lenox China.

At the rear of the catalogue is a listing of items. The listing for the covered pot, in part, reads:

The function of this pear-shaped covered pot, which has a jade green enamel-tipped finial that matches the creamer and sugar bowl in the previous entry is unclear, but it may have been a container for artificial sweeteners.

Below is a page from a 1958 Towle Hollowware Catalog showing that the pot is actually an instant coffee caddy and that it came with an under tray.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 08-24-2010 04:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Richard.

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denimrs

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Thanks for this post.

Not only did I learn that someone thought to make nice containers for instant coffee to be used at the table, but I learned about this exhibit and the book/catalog, which is now on my list of books to get. It looks like an amazing array of silver objects were put together for this exhibit.

Elizabeth

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taloncrest

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iconnumber posted 08-24-2010 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I take it the underplate is porcelain as well? Sometimes it is hard to tell in a picture.

I've got one of those sterling and glass Frank M. Whiting instant coffee containers with Instant Coffee etched in the glass body, but this one is so much more stylish.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 08-26-2010 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's very hard to tell from the photo, and I am far from 100 percent certain, but I believe that the tray is sterling.

[This message has been edited by Richard Kurtzman (edited 08-26-2010).]

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taloncrest

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iconnumber posted 08-26-2010 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Richard. Sterling would look better.

I've gone and ordered the catalog myself. I can't wait to get it.

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 08-31-2010 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A comment on two fronts. Jewel Stern nicely donated one of the Lenox/Towle creamer-sugar combos to the Newark Museum. But back in the 1950s we purchased the Towle jam jar combo, with a black ceramic jam jar, which has a silver lid (with a black plastic knob) and a silver underplate--very like the one in the advert--I am afraid we have no image of it.

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 09-09-2010 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ulysses,

Is this the piece you were referring to?

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iconnumber posted 09-15-2010 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's it! Good for you.

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