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iconnumber posted 08-03-2005 12:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccm0717     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I came across another piece of silver that has been in my family for a long time. My family is southern, specifically North Carolina, so I am assuming this mark is from a southern silversmith. The mark is a rectangle with the name ?.GARNER, (I believe it is L.GARNER but I am not sure) impressed into the handle of this large soup ladle (Please see the photograph). There are no further identifying marks on the ladle and I was wondering if anyone could help me with the maker.

Thank you Chris

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2005 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tad Hale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am at work now and not by my reference books but it may be the mark of Eli Garner of Kentucky.

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iconnumber posted 08-03-2005 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccm0717     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the information Tad, it is greatly appreciated. Chris

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iconnumber posted 12-10-2005 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fitzhugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May I clarify a bit? The mark for Eli C. Garner is E C GARNER incised, or a cartouche mark in partnership with Daniel F. Winchester as GARNER AND WINCHESTER with or without LEX KY. Garner had been an apprentice of Asa Blanchard who died in 1838, after which Garner went into partnership with Winchester until the War. This ladle, lovely and early, is definitely not the work or the mark of E C Garner. Has anyone checked the NC references? Much of the Garner family came from Virginia or NC.

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iconnumber posted 12-10-2005 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It might be a help to see a photograph of the entire ladle, as there are sometimes regional or temporal characteristics that could help direct a search.

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iconnumber posted 12-10-2005 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FWG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was a John Garner in Cincinnati, working 1829-32, according to Beckman's book on Cincinnati smiths. His mark is not recorded, but could be I. Garner, which is what I see this as being. According to Caldwell (Tennessee Silversmiths) Garner was in Knoxville, TN, 1809-11, and Nashville 1812-15(?), then probably spent some time in Pittsburgh, PA, before moving to Cincinnati. Caldwell shows a couple of Garner marks from Tennessee, but there's another Garner there at about the same time and they aren't differentiated.

As noted by others, photos of the whole piece might help to verify or disprove this possibility.

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iconnumber posted 08-06-2021 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently came across a teaspoon with an identical mark and wonder if anyone has tracked down this mark definitively. Catherine Hollan has it as being tentatively attributed to Jeremiah Garner of VA who died in 1796, but the spoon I am researching with the same mark was made about 1805-1810.

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