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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2023 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
trying to figure out what these things are...they are solid sterling with enamel. they are clearly meant to stamp something, but what? they are about 2" long.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 02-09-2023 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been thinking on this but don't really know.

Perhaps un-fired glazed pottery stamps?
fancy custom wallpaper stamps.

I'm just guessing the above because two color on Wedgwood or custom wallpaper often use the color phasing "color X ON color Y".

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2023 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did they come in any sort of packaging that could add useful context?

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2023 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After some thought, I finally settled on the theory that they originally represented cufflink color options at a tony menswear boutique in the 20s-30s. I suspect there was a set of several dozen originally, perhaps displayed in a handsome slotted tray.

The knobs are cufflink-sized and can be put through a French cuff to see how the colors would look on a given shirt. The design is typical for enamel cufflinks from this period.

The labeling on the side would help avoid confusion among the presumed dozens of options if a sales clerk was requesting something from the stockroom or a customer wanted to make a note of specific designs for future purchase. The lettering on the bottom could be stamped on an order form to indicate the exact color pairing (lest the clerk put them in the wrong order or mix up similar tones like white and cream).

I got one from a scrap dealer a few months ago. A couple weeks later, he brought me another four, but there are apparently no more in the offing, sadly.

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