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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2011 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that I got my comment in your last post I have a question in your bailiwick? My niece just had a daughter and I dug out my mom's baby porringer to pass on and it turns out that it was made in Newark by Matthews Co. That is a new name to me. It is a handsome hand hammered arts and craft style, she was born in 1925.

I was curious that a Boston baby would get a NJ piece? Do you think it was given by a NJ person - no family there - or retailed by a Boston store like Shreve Crump and Low?

Merry, Merry and thanks,
Rob

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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 01-03-2012 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Every jewelry store in Boston would have sold Newark-made jewelry and silver objects -that's just the way of the retail world. Newark makers were 95% anonymous providers for retailers. Even big names like Unger were known only to local customers by their own name. Matthews is one of the more anonymous and smaller silver shops. But I am sure that whoever bought that piece had no idea it was made in Newark - or cared! Nice story, thanks.

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iconnumber posted 01-04-2012 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ulysses that does make clear something I had never thought about - small shops in the trade selling wholesale.

I just took out a few dents and polished it up so I will try to post an image as it is a sweet little piece and deserves the recognition.

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iconnumber posted 01-04-2012 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And not just small shops. Tiffany, of course, made all their own silver - in Newark - but places like Cartier, who did not make silver, but sold it, usually turned to Newark firms like Lebkeucher (Eleder-Hickock later) to produce dresser sets and the like. Very few big fancy retailers actually made silver; but they all sold it. See, this goes likewise for the jewelry: probably half of the cufflinks Cartier and Tiffany sold in the 1910s were made in Newark shops for them.

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