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labarbedor

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iconnumber posted 02-16-2004 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for labarbedor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is an interesting mug by G. Aiken of Baltimore. The inscription is “No 79 JFS”. I believe it came from the Sumner Family, but have so far not figured out who. I can’t decide on the date of the piece except that it should be between 1790 and 1820. I don’t remember seeing anything exactly the same. Normally numbers on silver cups refer to a child’s school number (in France) or sometimes a lodge number. I tried to Google up a Masonic lodge with the same number in Maryland, but had no luck.

Does anyone have any other ideas about the number 79?

It is 3 3/8 in. high.




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iconnumber posted 02-21-2004 07:46 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm doing a little research on early 19th-century presentation silver and I've seen a number of pieces that were given to Firefighter companies. Could the number be in reference to a company #79?

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t-man-nc

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iconnumber posted 03-12-2004 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for t-man-nc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe a Rail Road Piece... Engine #79...?

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FredZ

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Interesting cup. The way the handle is terminated is reminiscent of much earlier style mugs. It appears to have a tear on the base. The number is probably for an organization. #79 chapter.

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