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June Martin
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Henry Alvin Sharpe was born in Corbin, Kentucky in 1910. He is perhaps best known as the creator of the New Orleans Mardi Gras doubloon which made its debut in 1960. The doubloons designed by Mr. Sharpe were made of aluminum to enable the tossing of them without harm to revelers. He employed his talent for intaglio, the art of incised carving, to create distinct designs for each year's celebration. A more detailed history of Mr. Sharpe can be found at: [<gone from the internet> mardigrasdigest.com/Stories_Features/0910/Story_090822.htm]- see image of article below]. Mr. Sharpe died in 1982.

In addition to the doubloons, H. Alvin Sharpe was a painter, jeweler, author and lover of ancient history and coins. He worked in a variety of metals including copper, bronze, silver and gold. He signed his pieces as either H. Alvin Sharpe, H.A. Sharpe or H.A.S.

Below are two examples of Mr. Sharpe's silver work. The pieces have great heft and very distinctive design elements incorporating his famous doubloon motif. The engraving on the knife raises a mystery for us. The artist seems to have made the piece as a thank you to one Eleanor Catoe or Cator in September 1969. There is some ongoing relationship between Mr. Sharpe and the Catoe or Cator family because we found a silver pendant made by him engraved with the names E.V. and Evelyn or Eleanor Catoe or Cator. We know some of Mr. Sharpe's descendants are familiar with his work as we have read some of their accounts of him on other sites. We are hoping they may be able to shed some light on the Catoe/Cator relationship as well as any other insights about the man and his work.

length of each = 10.5 inches

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FYI - missing article added to the above.

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chicagosilver

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Throwing the coin at Fenner's head -- gutsy move. Thanks for this.

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