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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 02-26-2021 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
and another... unknown mark RA in an oval. On a 10.25" serving spoon. any info. appreciated...



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iconnumber posted 05-29-2021 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for avalata     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If this is an American piece (I think it is), I would suggest focusing on makers from Inland Pennsylvania. Whisker may or may not have some candidates.

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iconnumber posted 05-29-2021 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do a search for Robert Anderson in this section. Some connection to Tennessee in mentioned and as Whisker points out to Pennsylvania.

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iconnumber posted 05-30-2021 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote


Above is some information on Robert Anderson from James Biser Whisker’s book “Pennsylvania Silversmiths, Goldsmiths and Pewterers, 1684-1900. Mr. Whisker does not have pictures of marks so to say the RA on your spoon is Mr. Anderson of Lancaster is speculation. It might be fruitful to write the one Lancaster’s museums or historical societies to see what addition information they may have.
As an aside it I was hoping that Ms. Hollan’s next research book would be on out-state silversmiths in either Pennsylvania or New York, rather than South Carolina.

Cliff I am glad you noticed the possible connection to Pennsylvania silver and referenced the Whisker book. I had not looked at this book for some time. Mr. Whisker is a remarkable researcher and has 68 books on Goodreads ranging from the Gunsmiths of the Carolinas, 1660-1870 to Arms Makers of Colonial America and of course this book on silversmiths.

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iconnumber posted 05-31-2021 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much for the information and research. I'll have to try and track down a copy of the book you referenced.

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iconnumber posted 05-31-2021 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your RA spoon is very elegant, really quite graceful, and I would certainly enjoy using it.
The Whisker book has no pictures of marks so it is not very useful for the final step of identifying who made an item. I like Pennsylvania silver and this book does provide good biographic material if you already know the maker.
It is fun to collect pieces from where one lives, but sometimes the places I have lived did did not always produce the best silver designs. My own personal preference for American silver is from Pennsylvania and New York during the 1700s.

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