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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2016 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just sharing my birthday present:



Heavy little hand-raised creamer, etched, engraved, and chased. My guess is late 1880s--it reminds me of W&H's Victoria (1885) and Undine (1888) flatware patterns. Rob "Agleopar" Butler (which autocorrect just changed to Rob Algebra!! Ha--I bet you didn't know you were a branch of math, Rob!) says the hammer marks next to the scroll are chasing punch marks: "Where the chaser pushed down on the left side those are his marks left for decoration...if they had wanted it flat they would have been 'stoned' out and polished but it's a nice touch (and quicker) that they left it." Stoned?? Does that mean rubbed with an actual stone? "Yes - 'Water of Ayre Stone' from Ayre Scotland. If I've spelled it right. The quarry is no longer open and the very very fine slate like stone is now hard to find. I buy it when I run across old stock."

I think this is a nice example of Aesthetic turning into Art Nouveau. Planning to use it for maple syrup.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-04-2016 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think you are having an excellent birthday! smile

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2016 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice pick Polly! I love the gourd form and undulating rim--it looks like a folded leaf.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-04-2016 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, Scott & Paul!

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 02-05-2016 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb piece, Polly!
I love it!

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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 02-06-2016 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Polly, in the general rush I missed the mono... All in all I think this is a great little item, quiet but with all the bells and whistles of its time. The handle, the scroll, etching and the way the top wire fades into the scroll are all well done and charming.

When you use it for maple syrup warm it first!

And fyi no math teacher I ever had would have confused me with a branch of math.
Happy late bday.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 02-07-2016 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A belated happy birthday. Wood and Hughes always made beautiful things and this is no exception. Maple syrup is sure to taste better when poured from this piece.

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 02-08-2016 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The monogram is superb! smile

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