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park1226

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iconnumber posted 06-10-2014 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought this Duhme fish slice yesterday at a house sale and posting it today to test the new hosting system. The proprietor thought it was a novelty or joke and priced it accordingly. She had no idea that it was a fine example of Cincinnati silver. It is 12 1/2" long and stamped on the reverse Duhme & Co Sterling indicating a post 1872 production date. I have seen pictures of it but never owned a piece. I am interested to learn whether there is any information regarding a possible pattern name or what pieces were made in this pattern. I assume that only servers were produced in this pattern. I know they also produced a line with a ram head.


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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 06-10-2014 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most often I hear this pattern attributed to George Sharp:

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park1226

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iconnumber posted 06-10-2014 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your reply Scott. The bull's heads are identical, however the details of the handle differ. Perhaps Sharp supplied Duhme with the heads which the latter simply applied to the handle. Or both used a common source for the heads. I did note in Elizbeth Beckman's article on Cincinnati silver that she mentions from 1843 to the 1860's Duhme, who was not a silversmith himself, retailed silver and jewelry from other makers. He only started building a silver workshop in the 1860's and produced silver flat and hollow ware on a large scale up to 1910. Today I found on line another fish slice with a matching fork, and a vegetable serving fork made by Duhme in this pattern.

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 10-07-2016 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have a piece in this pattern.
Marked by Duhme. I'm also curious about the possibility of Sharp having made these?

Mine is coin, by the way.

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park1226

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2017 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw another piece of coin silver this weekend with the same bull's head that also was used on the Georg Sharp and Duhme pieces we discussed previously in this thread. It was a soup ladle made by Schohay, Ludwig and Co in Philadelphia. According to McGrew they were active for a short time 1867-1873. It was coin silver with an arrow pointing to the right hallmark. The handle was similar but not identical to the Duhme and Sharp pieces. I am intrigued by the use of this same applied bull head on different patterns and wonder what the common source might have been for these three different companies. I did not buy the ladle nor was I able to photograph it. Perhaps Sharp produced these different patterns and they were retailed through Duhme and Schohay, Ludwig and Co.

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asheland

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Interesting to note.

I'd love to add examples to my collection, but they tend to be pricey. smile

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Vetdaddy

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iconnumber posted 03-01-2017 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Vetdaddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Personally I also believe it is a novelty item and in consideration would be willing to purchase and help you recoup your investment smile Seriously...nice catch. Duhme and Sharp also get my vote....no bull!!

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