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iconnumber posted 10-23-2000 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No matter how many big silver-heavy shows I attend, I still find the best pieces where I least expect them.

This past weekend I attended a new Fall Americana show here in Philadelphia. Americana shows tend to be heavy on the brown furniture, baskets and weathervanes, and this was no exception. Still, the silver I did see was top notch and surprisingly affordable. This also seems to be the trend with this type of show; smalls are an afterthought to flesh out a booth, and they can be wonderful. Aside from the two great pieces I did buy, I saw these unusual items:

1) A set of Odd Fellows lodge jewels from New York state, circa 1840. Two were coin silver, marked P&L COIN. The other was gold, with gemstones and an 1844 inscription. A quick dig through the books produced a Pratt & Lockwood, working Newburgh, NY circa 1841. I'll bet they were the P&L. Regardless, it was a great set of rarities. Too expensive for me, but probably underpriced!

2) A cast iron silversmith's trade sign in the form of a fiddleback spoon, about three feet long. It was expensive, but I regret not buying it. What a piece!

3.) Some nice Gorham mixed-metal holloware, fresh out of an estate. Again, underpriced.

At any rate, check out the Americana shows if you can, just not the ones I go to! Just kidding! You never know what you're gonna find!

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iconnumber posted 10-23-2000 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cruel sir, very cruel. Taunting us poor souls here on the west coast were Americana means Melmac, Mickey Mouse, and Malibu Barbi. 'Tis a hard old world.

Two actual comments:

You should have bought that shop sign. You'll have dreams of regret for years.

I have always thought a valuable study could be done of 18th & 19th century fraternal silver, especially Masonic. Bits and peices of information show up in journals, but a formal survey would provide an interesting cross-sectional view of the craft and bring to light many unknown relationships among smiths, many of whom were members of one society or another.

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