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Corey Cate

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iconnumber posted 05-24-2008 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Corey Cate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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With publication in mind, I'd like to create a photo essay of some of the Chas. M. Robbins sterling souvenirs from the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915, and would appreciate any help gathering primary resources.

I have access to a few Robbins product catalogs, but none from 1914 or 1915 that might show the wares they created for the fair.

Anyone who has access to, or actual catalogs or a Robbins history that might be loaned or copied with permission is welcome to reply.

Robbins created two handle-types as Official Souvenirs for the fair.

One I call "bear, globe 1915, poppies, PPIE, Oranges" and the other I call "bear, seal, eagle, poppy".

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silverhunter

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2008 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm interested in the subject of your question and first I want to tell you that I don't have that special information where you're looking for, but I always give it a try.

Can you describe which kind of sterling silverware was created by Chas M. Robbins?

When I looked at some sites I found pictures about the exposition and also some articles made for this exposition.

I was surprised by the buildings created by the architects and thought it looked like Paris considering expositions in the late 19th century and for instance in 1900.
From the last mentioned date I have bought a small pewter dish.
In center a building of the palace de electricit� and I thought it was looking about the same style of building like they did in America. There were a lot of countries who started expositions in big scale, large buildings etc.

And the expositions were visited by many people.
It is nice when you collect souvenir silverware from that period and know about the history behind it.

I've learned by your topic and now I know that silverware(sterling) was also made for souvenir.

I show some photo's perhaps you already have seen them but it gives a indication of the period people were living and styles were used in this period.

Success from this side,
silverhunter.




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Corey Cate

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2008 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Corey Cate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I appreciate the effort and info Silverhunter. The Robbins pieces are varied, include several sizes of forks, spoons, desk implements.

What I know about Robbins can fit inside this box on Silver Forums.

The PPIE was a fair of wonderful beauty and historic arts. The souvenir sterling from the fair appears in many many forms and from several manufacturers. The coinage was magnificent as you probably already know.

Thanks again.

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2008 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry no help here, but there is a question if you have time. Some of the "CMR" products are labeled pearl silver. If you have an explanation or one comes to light for this type of silver that seems to be unique to Robbins, it would be interesting to hear about it. Thank you!

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2008 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did you want his biographical details? The founder, Charles May Robbins had nothing to do with the company after 1910 (he was quite wealthy by that time, with bigger fish to fry).

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silverhunter

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iconnumber posted 05-26-2008 02:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for nice reaction, I hope more reaction will come and I will look for more information about the subject(also for to learn about all that silver!)
The coins, medals I've seen till now considering your question are indeed beautiful made. Success again!


And a aluminum plate also very beautiful made.

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Corey Cate

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quote:
Originally posted by wev:
Did you want his biographical details? The founder, Charles May Robbins had nothing to do with the company after 1910 (he was quite wealthy by that time, with bigger fish to fry).

WEV, anything you have that is not obtainable via Google would provide history and perhaps some nuggets I can use. Directions to links of interest on the internet would be helpful too. It is a huge world of info on the internet and while I think I do a pretty good job with search engines and search terms, I'm sure I haven't seen everything!

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Corey Cate

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iconnumber posted 05-26-2008 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Corey Cate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bascall:
Sorry no help here, but there is a question if you have time. Some of the "CMR" products are labeled pearl silver. If you have an explanation or one comes to light for this type of silver that seems to be unique to Robbins, it would be interesting to hear about it. Thank you!

bascall, I'd seen the post about Pearl while scanning the archives. I'm just beginning to get a few non-internet Robbins resources together, so I'm afraid I've nothing to add... yet. I'll post if I learn something.
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bascall

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iconnumber posted 05-26-2008 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Corey. It was probably my question that originally prompted that post, and now it's just idle curiosity. Good luck with your project. It sounds like it's going to be very interesting.

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FWG

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iconnumber posted 05-29-2008 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A source not likely to come to mind on this question: the book Navajo Spoons, p.25, has a brief discussion of Robbins as a producer of 'Indian' spoons for the 1904 Exposition.

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 06-30-2008 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a couple of books that came out in 1891 that might be worth being on the look out for, unless you already have access to them of course: "Souvenir Spoons" by George B. James, Jr., published bv A. W. Fuller & Co., Boston, Mass., and "Souvenir Spoons of America" compiled by the jewelers' Circular Publishing Company of New York City.

Then again just a little bit more browsing tells me that you very likely have these publications. Hope the project is progressing well.

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