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Ulysses Dietz

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iconnumber posted 01-03-2012 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This large rococo letter rack (10 1/4 inches wide, and its matching blotter) bears an engraved insignium of cross pennants - that I happened to recognize as yacht emblems. As it happens, one is the yacht blue, the other the yacht itself. I tried to imagine what sort of a yacht would need a large, Louis XV style letter rack and blotter - and figured it was probably in the main saloon. Seems to be the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA; or possibly the Newport Yacht Club (same design, different colors, which can't be determined from the engraving). The yacht itself seems to have been named the Shamrock.

My attribution of the design of this (dated to 1901-02) is to Paulding Farnham, for Tiffany & Co. The scrolls are identical to the treatment on the "George III" silver Tiffany did for the Paris fair in 1900 that appears elsewhere in my forum.

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iconnumber posted 01-04-2012 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In that period the America's Cup was raced on 30 meter boats and there were 5 "Shamrock's" from 1899-1930 defending so there was plenty of money and plenty of room for this lovely little necessity!

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