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iconnumber posted 07-25-2010 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You've all probably seen somewhat ornate Dutch-motif Marshall Field flatware. It looks as if this was made in the same shop and by the same craftsmen who produced MF's handmade flatware. Here's a photo from a 1916-1917 catalog:

The caption says "View showing one corner of workshop where Colonial Hand Hammered and Old Dutch Silver pieces are made."

Here's a photo on the same catalog page of the Dutch Silver repro pieces:

An example of an actual piece:

And here's a hand-hammered ladle somewhat similar to one shown in the catalog:

According to Sharon Darling's great Chicago Metalsmiths book, "The demand for handwrought metal became so great that Marshall Field & Company developed a fully equipped Craft Shop and metal foundry to supplement the jewelry workroom it had installed around 1904..." It lasted until 1940, although in "In later years the Craft Shop relied upon assembly line techniques to fill its orders, creating products that were partially hand-crafted" (Darling again)

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iconnumber posted 07-25-2010 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very informative and insightful post. Thanks for sharing.

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iconnumber posted 07-25-2010 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taloncrest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the great post. I'm thrilled to see the pie/cake knife pictured; it was discussed in Marshall Field Colonial server.

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iconnumber posted 07-25-2010 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is some Marshall Field hollowware and a tongs. It's a hammered sterling five piece coffee set with an applied initial P. All pieces have the MF&Co Colonial mark except the tray which is marked MF&Co Hand Hammered.

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iconnumber posted 07-26-2010 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chicagosilver     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A very pretty set. MF also made so-so jewelry that is often confused with Forest Craft, Carence Crafters, and Frost:

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Here is a neat piece of Marshall Fields silver. It has some nice chasing, with even a bit of repousse.


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iconnumber posted 12-16-2021 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've recently seen a pair of candelabras in the repousse style (highly figurative), that are marked "Marshall Fields & Co Sterling 5204", and wonder who actually made them. They are supposedly solid silver.

It appears MF made some flatware and craftsman style holloware - but would they have had the skill and physical plant to make molds and cast highly figurative work? Does the number 5204 correlate to a pattern/item mfg. by someone else that is wholesaled to retailers for resale?

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