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iconnumber posted 04-03-2004 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for akgdc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few years ago, I bought a better-than-average fiddle pattern tablespoon, of 1820s-30s style and good weight, with a twelve-lobed shell drop and the marks "A. SMITH" and, in a separate punch, "BEDFORD.N.Y." (These are in the style of maker's marks, not incuse retailer's marks.)

I couldn't find this maker in any reference book. Finally I gave the spoon as a gift to some friends in upstate New York.

Well ... I recently found and bought another four tablespoons of identical form (including shell drops) and identical marks. So now I am 4 times as curious about the identity of the elusive Mr. Smith. Has anyone come across this maker?

(I will post pics soon.)

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iconnumber posted 04-03-2004 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alvin Smith worked mid-century in Port Chester and Bedford. The mark you describe, in a serrated cartouch, is illustrated in Darlings New York Silversmiths.

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