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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-19-2012 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We recently acquired this solid silver 7 inch Gorham knife.

Does anyone know the what handle is depicting?


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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 07-27-2012 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have owned this knife before and always assumed it was a child's knife and that it depicted nursery rhyme type images. However I do not recall having ever seen a matching child's spoon or fork. The hollow handle reminded me of Angelo and other such patterns from the early/mid 1870s, but from the style of the marks and monograms, I guessed this was a mid 1880s pattern.

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iconnumber posted 07-28-2012 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've seen this piece quite a few times too (not always in such good condition) - and always assumed it was a youth knife, not just the design and size, but also because it reminds me of an 1874 illustration of an Angelo, or similar pattern, full christening set, shown in McClinton's Collecting American 19th Century Silver. I haven't run across any pieces that look like they might match either - odd, since this knife seems to show up on a fairly regular basis.

Was hoping someone might recognize the characters, they seem very specific, the bareback rider with his tree branch switch, the 'stop' sign and the chickens; and the lady with her dogs and sheep, large parasol and bag on her arm.....Perhaps if it is part of set, the other pieces might hold a clue to the story.


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