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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-16-2017 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shiebler demitasse spoons in a c. 1880s multi-motif pattern. Anyone recognize it? Partially twisted handles, with slightly wonky, hammered-looking ends that have plants or creatures on them. I like the irregular cropping of the images. Marked with the Shiebler winged S and STERLING.




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Polly

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iconnumber posted 02-16-2017 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The images seem to me to be (top photo, left to right):
chestnut leaf, cherries with leaf, mistletoe, bamboo, two starfish legs, two other starfish legs.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-16-2017 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gee, just when you thought you had seen it all. We have never seen that Shiebler pattern. They are really cute.

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Polly

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Thanks, June! I guess the seller's description of the pattern as "RARE" was accurate for once.

I poked around on the web and found lots of examples of Shiebler items with applied starfish and botanical items, but no other examples of this pattern.

I really wonder what the other 6 look like! I assume there must be 6 others, since most multimotif patterns came in sets of 12.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-17-2017 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A reason to keep searching, Polly!

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 10-18-2017 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just spotted a set of 8 of these for sale online (for a price I'm not willing to pay). The set of 8 has two designs that overlap with my set and 6 new designs, so now I've seen what I expect is all 12 of the spoons. The new patterns all depict various plants (what looks to me like palm leaves, cherry leaves with cherries, an asian-looking pine, something lobed like a maple leaf or maybe ivy, and a couple generic-looking types of foliage).

Interestingly, one of the patterns the set of 8 shares with mine is positioned slightly differently on the end of their spoon than it is on mine. I wonder what that says about how the pattern was created--I assume it was struck on a die, since it does not seem to have been soldered on.

I won't include a link, since the set is currently for sale.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2017 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott and June steered me in the direction of six more! Thank you, Scott & June!! Here are my whole set:

And here are the new six (except for the second from the right, which is one of the old ones--it snuck into the photo somehow, changing places with one of the new ones):


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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-11-2017 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Its great see them together.

June & I really appreciate your camera skills.

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Polly

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2017 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you! I was thinking that last photo was a little blurry, actually.

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