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iconnumber posted 05-12-2004 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for t-man-nc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering and wanted to see if there have been any statistics collected from whatever information may be available about the productivity of silver smiths across different time periods and other influences.

I am assuming that production techniques and the advent of certain technologies would greatly affect these number after around 1810-1820, but was wondering how prolific certain areas of the country would have been vs. others, example: northern vs. southern, large city vs. small town or other stratifications.

We are all aware of the rarity of Southern silver, some say due to the Civil War, (more than one cause), to agricultural society vs. industrial… but I was thinking that a great many other issues would have influenced the productivity rather than the social upheaval of the that conflict.

I was thinking that these statistics if related to decade by decade segregation would reflect a “Scarcity Factor” related to time frame, local, age and experience of smiths etc...

This indicator might assist me in the assessment of how much attention I should pay to any particular smiths in any particular range so that I can better focus my collecting activities, from a grab anything prior to 1810-1820 to a state where particular pieces should get my attention quicker due to their scarcity…

Just think it might be an interesting thread... Any Thoughts...?


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