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Bob Lasswitz

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2007 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Lasswitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently aquired a three piece (coin?) tea set that is marked "J. Hansell" and an eagle. The dealer believed it to come from the Baltimore area and dated it as about 1825. I have looked in several silver books but could not find a J. Hansell. Any information?

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2007 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Posting a photo of the set plus the mark itself would help with identification.

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2007 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When there is a paucity of information about a maker who generally is not well known, as there is in this case, what little there is may or may not be accurate - the silversmith may have been elsewhere at another time as well, or he may have never been there at all; there could also have been another of the same name elsewhere. In this case, he is not supposed to have been in Baltimore at all, and was elsewhere at that date - your dealer may have been only guessing based on the eagle mark and style, or he may have known something we do not. Accordingly, we need to see photographs of the marks and the pieces themselves, to help us verify the date and place in which they had been made, and avoid giving incorrect information.

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Bob Lasswitz

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iconnumber posted 02-06-2007 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Lasswitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm afraid I'm not much help in trying to find out about the tea set.

In looking at the marks on the bottom, I realize the seller was wrong about it being coin silver. The teapot is marked "sterling" under the eagle. I now wonder how much other information he gave me is correct.

I cannot get clear photo of the markings....

Bob

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iconnumber posted 02-06-2007 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That eagle pseudohallmark is indicative of Philadelphia manufacture, not Baltimore, and such spoons were retailed by many resellers, both in and around Philadelphia, who added their own marks. Sterling was also occasionally used during this period in Philadelphia, and so marked.

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