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asheland

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iconnumber posted 02-15-2020 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think this will be interesting to the members that like this pattern.

I found an original cold meat fork a few years ago in this pattern and always wanted to find a new restrike version to accompany the old piece. I was not willing to pay the high prices often asked and finally, last week my patience paid off!

I work in a coin store that also buys scrap silver and low and behold, a piece comes in and I snag it for it's melt price! biggrin

Anyway, I got some good pictures then when I got home I dug out my (rather tarnished) biggrin original piece and did a side by side picture.

It's quite easy to tell them apart in my opinion. Excuse the tarnish on the older piece...

One cool thing to note is that my restrike was still in it's c.1990 packaging!

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 02-15-2020 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And here's the two side by side:

I did note, however with regard to the marks, that some new pieces indeed have the same type of marks as my old example, right on down to the "Pat appl for" However I think looking at the die quality and patina, it's easy to tell for the most part.

I hope this is useful to others. smile

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-16-2020 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The comparison with photos is very helpful. Thanks.

See also:

[This message has been edited by Scott Martin (edited 02-16-2020).]

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-16-2020 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful comparison. Thanks for sharing.

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asheland

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iconnumber posted 02-17-2020 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy to help! Indeed It's the first time I've seen the two side by side, I figured it'll be helpful to others in the future. smile

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-28-2020 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the expense and the dwindling interest in silver flatware keep manufacturers from cutting new dies. And I think the general buying public may not even perceive time's ravages on the pattern dies. Many years ago I worked at a store in Boston that sold new flatware and was appalled by how poor some patterns looked, but nobody else seemed to notice.

I have mostly been able to examine American patterns; would be interested to see how new flatware from better European makers like Buccellati, Christofle, Puiforcat, etc. stacks up to older pieces.

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