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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-23-2000 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent,

We do not have our reference library handy and were wondering if you could tell us anything about the mark on this spoon. Thanks.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 01-23-2000 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only reference I could find was in Kovel's, which references one of the catalogs from ARK antiques. They give a working date of ca. 1918. I will e-mail ARK and see if they have any additional info to share.

There seems to have been a poorly-documented school of Arts & Crafts silversmiths in Boston around this time, working in the shadow of Stone and the Handicraft Shop. I have a piece marked Hodgson, Kennard & Company with similar piercing, and this company seems to tie in somehow with a Boston company called Rand & Crane, which also produced A&C silver.

I have seen a few other spoons and ladles of this type. All have the characteristic "two-part" construction, where the bowl is formed separately and soldered to the handle. (This technique was also used by the Handicraft Shop). Many of these spoons are simply marked STERLING, with no retailer or makers' mark. Quality-wise, this work seems to be second-rate. It is heavy, but the pieces I have handled are poorly balanced and awkward to use.

Hope this helps. I'll let you know if I find out anything more.

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iconnumber posted 01-24-2000 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent,

Thanks so much for the info. This particular spoon is of medium weight. It may be a little heavy in the handle, but not a bad feel. The cut out work is what caught my eye. Thanks again.

June

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2000 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update:

Aram Berberian of ARK Antiques thinks that the pieces I have mentioned might be the work of one of the more famous Boston smiths (Leinonen, Gebelein, Blanchard or one of the other Stone craftsman). He also suspects that McAuliffe & Hadley and Rand & Crane may have been retailers only. This makes sense to me, as it would explain the stylistic similarities on pieces with different marks.

To me, this silver still seems too crude to have been produced by any of the master smiths listed above. One of the less-acclaimed Stone craftsman might be the culprit, or possibly someone we have yet to identify. Maybe we can get to the bottom of this mystery!

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 04-06-2004 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a spoon marked MCAULIFFE & HADLEY STERLING. It differs from the server June shows. For example, it is made from one piece of silver. Perhaps this supports the theory that M & H were just retailers.

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FredZ

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The first spoon reminds me of the work by the craftsman who marked his work with 925 and 1000 or 000 in ovals.

The second pierced spoon looks much like the work of George Blanchard. I have two similar spoons with the Rand & Crane retail mark it was most definately forged by Blanchard.

Fred

[This message has been edited by FredZ (edited 04-06-2004).]

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 04-14-2004 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Here is a spoon, virtually identical to that posted by Paul, with the retailers' mark of Hodgson, Kennard & Co. I think we can safely say that we are seeing the work of one craftsman or shop with multiple retail outlets.

Brent

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I recently found another sterling pierced piece with the retailer mark of McAuliffe & Hadley.

It is a nicely made piece.

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Below is a pierced design server I recently found with the McAuliffe Hadley mark on the reverse (taking photos with my IPhone and it's not good with marks). It is a well made piece.

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