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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 11-14-2004 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is getting harder to find treasures. This weekend proved to be different. I browsed through a local mall and found a collection of coin silver spoons. The case was opened and the first group of six spoons yeilded a familiar mark of W.M.B. I recognized these as those of William Manerback and were in good condition. My funds were low and I was able to put them on lay-a-way with a 10% discount to boot for the veteran's day holiday. I will post images when I complete my payments.

I understand Antiques Magazine has published an article cover the Manerbacks of Redding, Pennsylvania. I recall seeing an article but have missplaced the copy I had.

I did find my copy of the Mannerback article.
Fred

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 11-17-2004 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know Mannerback did some fancy-back spoons; I have seen an urn-back of his that was quite special, but too expensive for me at the time. Glad to hear of your acquisition!

Brent

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 11-17-2004 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent,

The Antiques article shows images of the Urn decorated spoons. The ones I am acquiring are not decorated. The handles are wide with pointed ends. I will post images when I get them.

Fred

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swarter
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iconnumber posted 11-17-2004 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Mannerbacks. silversmiths of Reading. Pennsylvania by Albert T. and Elizabeth R. Gamon. Antiques Magazine, April 1982, pp.952-956.

One possible error: the authors attribute the W•M•B mark to both William Mannerback and to his grandson - I doubt the mark was used by the Grandson.

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 11-17-2004 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read the article and the reason they gave that for saying that the grandson used the mark is that it appears on a lightweight fiddleback spoon with poorly struck urn decoration on back of bowl.

Their assumption seemed sound. It is not uncommon for inherited mark stamps to be used by a Jr or a third generation smith by same name.

Fred

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iconnumber posted 11-17-2004 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those spoons date from the 20's or 30's at the lztest. The grandson was not born until 1842, and therefore would not have been working until the 1860's, way too late for those spoons.

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FredZ

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iconnumber posted 05-25-2005 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FredZ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are the images I promised of the Mannerback spoons.





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