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iconnumber posted 08-13-2000 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any information on an I (or J) Baker? I have a finless fiddle teaspoon marked I. BAKER in a large serrated rectangle. I has a nice broad flaring downturned handle, with no tip on back. The drop is an extremely low incised crescent, almost a straight line.

Based on the characteristics I think it might be of Southern or Western origin. Unfortunately, none of the standard texts even lists an I or J Baker, other than Brix. Any ideas?

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iconnumber posted 07-30-2008 05:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a "loose fit" for an I Baker silversmith/jeweler from the South: John G Baker born in 1807 in South Carolina was a teacher, farmer and jeweler who lived in Georgia as well as South Carolina.

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iconnumber posted 03-28-2021 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Been trying to track down I BAKER for a serving spoon recently acquired and found this old post. Wonder if the experts here would agree that this may possibly be southern or if any other information on the maker is available...

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iconnumber posted 03-31-2021 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The serrated mark, incised half crescent drop and the feathered scrip monogram could be from the south, but I suspect it could be from many other places.
I have never seen a study of where any of these characteristics are found to occur.
There was a Joseph Baker who was the father of silversmith Stephens Baker.
Also a Joseph Baker who was the father of Eleazer Baker.
Both of these Josephs are shown on WEV's site.
It is a good looking spoon wherever it was made.

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2021 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the comments. Wonder if the style of the monogramming might provide a clue as to the general location of manufacture. Will have to do some continued digging...

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