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iconnumber posted 02-20-2017 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Taking a break from adding up tax receipts (note to self: Do you REALLY need to spend SO much of your income on silver??????).

Did I ever show you guys my little barrel-shaped cream and sugar set? I believe it's by H.H. Curtis. It's very small, light, and delicate--I took a picture with a pencil to show scale. I love the engraving, it's so trompe l'oeil. The pompous Art Nouveauish handle on the creamer says 1890s-1900s to me.

The mark. What kind of critter is that, and what is it holding in its beak?

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iconnumber posted 02-20-2017 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This might show the engraving more clearly:

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iconnumber posted 02-21-2017 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's Nessie! biggrin

Cool set indeed!

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iconnumber posted 02-21-2017 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Vetdaddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photographs. The chasing was well executed. My best guess- the creature is a dragon holding some type of weapon (as if a dragon was not enough). Maybe a bent arrow or spear that he has defeated?

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