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park1226

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iconnumber posted 04-03-2021 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I recently added what I presume are 5 1/4” ice cream spoons to my growing collection of Bunnell or Oskamp Fox Head silver. I am not aware of any resource for determining just what was made in this mid nineteenth century pattern. I have not seen any pastry servers, serving forks, salad forks, or dessert forks. I was hoping that Forum members would respond to this post by telling what pieces they have actually seen in this pattern other than teaspoons, oval soups, tablespoons, berry spoons, cream ladle, soup ladle, sugar sifter, master butter knife. I suspect that knives were not produced for patterns from this era. If you are aware of any publication referencing this pattern I would appreciate it. Thanks for helping me focus my search. I appreciate it.

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 04-03-2021 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those are beautiful spoons. Can you post a close up photo of the pattern and the marks on the spoon?

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park1226

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iconnumber posted 04-03-2021 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

These spoons have the C Oskamp mark and date after 1874 when Oskamp purchased the complete silver manufacturing business of Francis Bunnell. See page 268-269 of Dehan’s book Cincinnati Silver, 1788-1940.

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Silverpath

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iconnumber posted 04-03-2021 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silverpath     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful! A cheese knife was pictured on this site years ago: Cheese Knife Bunnell made a cheese scoop in several patterns so that's another possibility to add to your list.

[This message has been edited by Scott Martin (edited 04-03-2021).]

Thanks for fixing, Scott.

[This message has been edited by Silverpath (edited 04-04-2021).]

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park1226

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iconnumber posted 04-04-2021 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Silverpath. This is the first time I have seen documentation of this piece. I will add it to my list.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 04-04-2021 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amy Dehan in her book on Cincinnati Silver has some information on this pattern, but not on the what pieces were included in its production. You might reach out to her to see if see has knowledge of the extent of this pattern. Ms. Dehan is the Curator of Decorative Arts at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Since it was made in Cincinnati I suspect much of it was sold in that city and may now be in antique shops in the area. You might ask some of these dealers, particularly those that deal in silver.

Foxes are an interesting animal to watch. I live in the downtown area of my city, but we occasionally get a stray fox that stays for awhile and turns heads. I suspect they are after the thousands of squirrels that are permanent residents.

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park1226

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2021 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks ahwt. I have been rather successful in tapping into the Cincinnati and Syracuse markets home to Oskamp and Bunnell respectively. The pattern, however, has traveled far and wide. The spoons in this posting came from Florida and I have purchased pieces from both the east and west coasts.

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iconnumber posted 04-06-2021 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for park1226     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

These spoons have the C Oskamp mark and date after 1874 when Oskamp purchased the complete silver manufacturing business of Francis Bunnell. See page 268-269 of Dehan’s book Cincinnati Silver, 1788-1940.

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