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Dale

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iconnumber posted 08-11-2009 01:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
[01-2751]

This ad is from the magazine American Jeweler, April 1888.


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Dale

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iconnumber posted 08-11-2009 01:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The interesting item is here:

A Hirsch & Company would take your coin silver spoons and for 40 cents an ounce smelt them and produce new spoons. For $1.50 a dozen, Hirsch would engrave them. This may explain why we keep finding items that look too late to be coin marked COIN. The jewelers were recycling their old merchandise into the new styles.

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doc

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iconnumber posted 08-12-2009 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's with the Ha! Ha! Ha!?

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bascall

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And the Ho Ho Ho in April?

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 08-13-2009 03:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No clue on the ha or ho. Totally in the dark on that, maybe just some 19th century PR flack. But what I find interesting is that coin silver was available at this late date. Rainwater shows that a company known as Hirsh and Oppenhiemer existed into the 1920's. She appears unaware of A Hirsch & Co. This ad is an interesting addition to our knowlege.

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 08-13-2009 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Hirsch that Rainwater is referring to is a son of the A Hirsch of A Hirsch & Co, and Oppenhiemer was A Hirsch's partner.

[This message has been edited by bascall (edited 08-13-2009).]

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Kimo

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I had thought that coin silver objects have never stopped being made - though today my sense is they tend to be more the work of individual smiths. I have a coin silver marked set of U.S. pilots wings from WW II for example.

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An interesting advertisement – how the Hirsch Company decided on the pricing structure would be interesting to know. The silver content between coin silver and sterling silver is such a small amount and yet this difference resulted in a 20% difference in price. Were there added expenses in making sterling, was it a marketing ploy to enhance the image of sterling or was it simply that the public was willing to pay more for sterling and Mr. Hirsch just wanted to take advantage of that motivation.

Sorry to be late in seeing this thread – I have been reading Stieg Larsson’s second novel about a fascinating heroine by the name of Lizbeth Salander. Mr. Larsson’s novels “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and the “Girl Who Played with Fire” were originally published in Swedish and are being published in English at a very slow pace of one per year. Mr. Larsson has created a deliciously suspenseful tale and now I have to wait until next summer to read his third novel. The world lost a remarkable talent when Mr. Larsson died.

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