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iconnumber posted 06-20-2000 10:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are a few things that make collecting silver so much fun for me:

1.) Getting to know good dealers, who remember your name and interests and are genuinely glad to see you. How do you get to know good dealers like this? Buy something, without asking "Can you do better?". Good dealers generally have fair prices, and if you want them to be there the next time you go shopping, help them make a living.

2.) Love at first sight. Every now and then a certain piece of silver will just leap out at me when I least expect it, and I will have to have it. If I can afford it, I'll buy it right then. If I can't, I will fret over it, sometimes for months, then buy it anyway. For some reason, things rarely get away from me. Does anyone else ever get the feeling that you are meant to have something, and that it will wait for you and no one else will ever buy it? It happens to me fairly often.

3.) Pulling a treasure out of a pile of junk. You know the sensation; it is what keeps us digging through the 5 dollar spoon bins.

4.) A hunch rewarded (More on this later!)

What keeps YOU going?

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iconnumber posted 06-26-2000 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What keeps me going...

1) Not buying something, thinking about it, realizing I really should have bought it, then going back to find that it's still there. (Although I have decided afterwards to buy something only to find that it sold in the meantime).

2) "Box lots" at auctions that contain hidden treasures.

3) Auctioneers/dealers who don't know what they're selling, so they let it go cheaply.

4) The thought that the next antique shop will have that rare silver piece, and not just mediocre/overpriced items.

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iconnumber posted 12-19-2000 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My collecting is still tinged with the shear pleasure of seeing the unusual and the precious. As a silversmith, I look for craftsmanship first, value later. This weekend I cruised through shop after shop finding nothing of any particular interest to me..... but on returning to a shop to retrieve my wife from it's lure.... I spied a spoon of unusual weight and a wonderful shap. Upon close ispection I discovered it was a handwrought spoon retailed by Rand & Peters (not certain of last name) from Boston. The first from this company that I had ever bought. My educated guess is that it was perhaps fashioned by George Blanchard and retail by the firm mentioned above. It has a modified coffin end handle and a large fig shape bowl. (My wife at has no idea why I would purchase it with someone elses initials on it......She also thinks I have too many spoons.... She still loves me.)

I love the search as much as the find....

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iconnumber posted 12-19-2000 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great story! I am guessing that your new spoon is by Rand & Crane; if it is Peters, please let me know. Rand & Crane appear to have been retailers for Boston-area craftsmen; I wouldn't be surprised if your spoon isn't a Blanchard. McAuliffe & Hadley and Hodgson, Kennard and Co. were similar retailers, as far as I can tell. I have seen similar pieces from all three firms.

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iconnumber posted 01-09-2001 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes that is Rand and Crane..... I thing Rand and Peters is a pottery company.... at my age all the names blur together....

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