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iconnumber posted 05-28-2018 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This is a nut spoon by Blackinton and Co. of North Attleboro, Mass. The pattern name is Helena and it was first introduced in 1900.
I do not know if a full line of flatware was made in this pattern by Blackinton or if they made any full lines of flatware. We have not had many entries on this forum for Blackinton and I thought this was a well made and attractive spoon.

A search of the internet showed that a descendant of Blackinton has restated the company (under the name S. R. Blackinton) and they are making a limited number of silver items in the United States today. I am not sure what mark they use today, but the dagger through the letter B was certainly an interesting one for the original company.

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iconnumber posted 05-28-2018 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have a cheese scoop in this pattern.

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iconnumber posted 06-28-2018 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaduck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can fill in a bit more on the current iteration of Blackinton. The original firm was sold. SR Blackinton was founded by Susanne Blackinton and her husband Bill Juaire. They are both third or fourth generation silversmiths,talented, and the nicest people you can imagine. Relatively young, so we can hope they will endure and prosper for many years.

    Bill Juaire & Susanne Blackinton
They also have a related business, New England Copperworks, which makes things like lanterns, garden ornaments, birdbaths, and architectural ornament. And they'll do work in pewter and brass, too. All of it is first rate. You can find websites for both companies for more info. You can find the full history of Blackinton under their "Heritage" tab.

They have standard lines of things like baby gifts, julep cups, and brandy snifters (which I've seen -- heavy and quite nice). But they are probably best known as the makers of the Kentucky Derby Trophy.

I stopped by once when Susanne was about to apply the finishing touches -- the reins on the horse as I recall. They were planning to hop a plane a few days later to deliver it.

I've also seen a commissioned trophy, which was wonderful. They had gone through company archives and resurrected a design which they then modified slightly. They have provided trophy bases for our yacht club.

It's terrific to see this kind of skill still thriving in New England.

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iconnumber posted 06-28-2018 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for catching us up.

Would your yacht club trophies make an interesting thread/post?

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iconnumber posted 06-28-2018 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for seaduck     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll try to pull something together when I can.

In meantime, for those who are interested in such things: Alice Dickinson, the Curator of Collections at the New York Yacht Club, is organizing an exhibition based on her extensive research into the Goelet trophies. It can be seen next summer, June 14, 2019 through September 29, 2019 at the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, RI. The trophies were donated by Ogden Goelet for yacht races off Newport in the 1880s and 1890s. I suspect there will be fabulous material.....and it's a great excuse to visit Newport.

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