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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 02-12-2002 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The first item is an American vase with engraved decoration and bamboo handles. It is marked "925 STERLING" and the number 200. Have seen this mark on some c. 1870s pieces, but I have never seen it with a maker's mark or retailer.

Perhaps Wendt or some NY maker?

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iconnumber posted 02-13-2002 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I generally associate this mark with one of the many permutations and offshoots of William Gale. For example, Gale & Willis were using a similar combination of stamps as early as 1860. Your piece does appear to date from the late 1860's or 1870's, though. It may be the work of, say, Gale, North & Dominick or one of the other late partnerships.

On the other hand, I have also seen a similar stamp on Ford & Tupper silver, and later just Ford. There is evidence that Ford & Tupper did produce some of their own silver; perhps it is them.

Regardless, I do agree that this is likely a New York piece.


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