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cheryl c

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iconnumber posted 09-15-2006 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cheryl c     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Help!
I have 6 coin silver spoons with the maker mark of J. Kirkham. I know nothing about this maker and ANY information would be so appreciated!

Cheryl

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iconnumber posted 09-15-2006 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the forums.

J. Kirkham was listed in an early edition of Ensko as "location unknown," but was dropped in later editions. It is likely he was only a retailer, in which case the spoons could be generic in form, but on the chance he was not, and that the spoons might show some regional characteristics that might help focus the hunt, a photograph of the spoons (top and bottom) and the mark might help.

We can point you to a source with a possible identification of a jeweler with this name who marked silver, but first we would like to know a bit about you and your reason for seeking this information, as per our guidelines.

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cheryl c

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Hello, from South Louisiana. I am a 12th grade teacher who is on the brink of retiring and for the first time in my life I am beginning to have a little free time and I have found that I love antiques, especially silver. Also, being a teacher I love the research involved in knowing a piece. I acquired these beautiful little spoons because they had the initials of my little grandson on them (JC). They will be his one day, but since he is only four I guess I'll have to keep them. The reason that I was hesitant to send a picture is because my camera is not very clear, but here goes. The spoons are mared "pure coin" and J. Kirkham. Much much thanks for your assistance. This is a great source, I looked at it for hours last night. Cheryl

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cheryl c

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iconnumber posted 09-16-2006 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cheryl c     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


I think that here are the pictures of the spoons.

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For what it's worth there was a jeweler by the name of James Kirkham in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1850. It appears that this gentleman later become a bank president in Springfield. He could have retailed these spoons while he was in the jewelry business.

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And that form, often called a "double-swell", is pretty much indicative of Massachusetts and the immediate surrounding area.

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You can find some biography, a picture of the mark, and a picture of the old boy himself here

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cheryl c

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iconnumber posted 09-16-2006 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cheryl c     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am absolutely amazed. I have looked off and on for several years for this silvermaker. The Kovel's listed him only as unknown and in just a few hours not only do you let me know about the silversmith but you provided me with a history and a picture!!!!! WOW! Finally, sorry about the oversized pictures that I posted. I'll try to be a better poster. Much, much thanks and the speed that you sent it was mind boggling. Cheryl

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By now you probably realize that your mystery has been solved. Your photographs, although nor too clear, are adequate to provide the necessary information - they need only to be reduced in size to no more than 640 pixels in width. As has been pointed out, the form of your spoon is typical of the area in which Kirkham worked; it is also correct for the time period. The marks are the same as those in the earlier Ensko illustration, and you can see from the illustration on wev's page for Kirkham, that he used a mark in a banner, which is a bit unusual for Massachusetts (being more typical of Philadelphia). So you have found your man.

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