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Willie

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iconnumber posted 04-26-2001 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Willie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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A trophy cup with marks for both companies was recently sold at auction (1424207929).

The cup has an inscription dated 1907, which would indicate that Marcus & Co was operating at that date. This is of interest from the point of view that Rainwater was only able to confirm that this company was in operation from 1918-27. This piece is also marked with a stylized M, thus indicating that Rainwater was right in her attribution of this mark to Marcus & Co. although it is more angular than the one illustrated in her book.

I would guess that Goodnow and Jenks were the makers of the cup, and Marcus & Co the retailers.

Regards, Willie

Rainwater & Redfield – “Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers” – 4th edition

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-26-2001 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Willie,

The trophy cup is very interestingly marked.:

  • Sterling
  • New York
  • Marcus & Co.
  • The mark:
  • Goodnow & Jenks mark

I would suspect that the trophy cup was made by Goodnow & Jenks and then sold or engraved by Marcus & Co.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 04-28-2001 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An interesting set of marks. I have seen the Goodnow & Jenks mark in conjunction with Bailey, Banks and Biddle marks as well, which also supports your conclusion that G & J were tha actual makers.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-29-2001 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What if the "stylized M"

is really a stylized B?

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wev
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iconnumber posted 04-29-2001 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think M is correct -- a majescule gothic cap B is not drawn that way.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-29-2001 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am glad you are paying attention .....

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Willie

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iconnumber posted 04-30-2001 01:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Willie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks WEV, I knew there had to be a better term than "stylized M". "Majescule gothic cap" - much better - what does the "W" look like.

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iconnumber posted 04-30-2001 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, it would probably help if I could spell -- it's Majuscule.

As for W, it did not truely exist as a seperate character until long after majuscules had been replaced by true roman caps. In the days of manuscript, the letter was literally written as a double V (there were no U's either) sometimes with a conecting cross-bar. This is the form taken by most modern revivals of the face. The remnents of the original can be seem in the blackletter faces favoured by Germanic countries. The somewhat fanciful version seen here was written out by the great calligrapher and type designer, Hermann Zapf

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