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Peggy Moss

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iconnumber posted 05-08-2004 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peggy Moss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a fair amount of silver that has been packed away for years. I have several books and am getting better at identifying some things, but nothing like you guys. I found this beautiful, probably hand wrought, fork. The only marking is 800 on one of the tines. The top of the handle is probably an image of Michelangelo's David. It is silver although it appears gold in the photograph. I tried to sell it on ebay (I think it's beautiful), but nobody bid on it even though the opening bid was a dollar. I promise not to use your knowledge to make a better description for ebay. Now, I'm just curious about its origins. The only possible clue is that my great grandmother was friends with Madelene Yale Wynne who was an artist who worked in metal. Any thoughts as to origin, maker?

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iconnumber posted 05-08-2004 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your piece is almost certainly one of a large group of inexpensive tourist wares that seem to have been produced in Italy, Greece or some other similar place in the 20th C. They are usually cast, rather than wrought or die struck, and often have unusual tines/bowls. The handles are usually modelled after some tourist attraction, like yours. I believe they were sold in sets of six; you can find them with the same tines and six different handles, or six of the same handle with different ends. Some are silver, and others are brass or pot metal. At any rate, I'm pretty sure that is what you have. sorry!

On the other hand, if you think you might have some pieces by Madeline Yale Wynn, that would be quite exciting. Her work is rarely encountered, since she seemed to have given a lot of her pieces away as gifts. Good luck, and please feel free to post other mystery pieces!


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iconnumber posted 05-10-2004 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

When I was at Deerfield, Mass I saw a rather impressive collection of Ms. Wynn's work. It is worth the trip to see the Heritage collection as well.


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Peggy Moss

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iconnumber posted 05-11-2004 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Peggy Moss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the things that complicates the issue of whether or not I have anything made by Madelene Yale Wynne is that my grandmother also made silver and bronze jewelry and did some wood carving, so some pieces I have may be made by her and some by MYT. They were close enough that my grandmother was named Madelene and her brother's middle name was Yale. Is there anyone who is familiar enough with MYT's work that they could tell the difference?

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