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iconnumber posted 01-03-2010 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last night I went to a club for a party. It was a grand run down old place that might have had its heyday in the 30’s. As the night wore on some of the ancient staff started bringing out the club silver. Because it was late there was only one piece I remember well. I did not have a camera!

Just to set the scene I have to mention that there was a large old fashioned safe in the corner of the room and oddly the door was at waist height parallel to the floor and it opened up like a trap door in the floor. The safe was 3 to 4 feet square.

The piece in question was pulled out of the safe, top first with the rest following like a whale being pulled out of a bucket. It was a tall thin vase shaped like so many vases made in the 1880’s, a small round foot, a slight narrow ring and then the vase itself with a narrow bottom wider at the waist with slightly wider shoulders and narrowing to a head sized opening. I was told later that it was made by Tiffany, sterling of course.

This is the strange part chased on it full size was the exact likeness of a man and not just any man. It was, I was told, a portrait of John Sullivan the boxer – all 8 feet 4 inches of him – this vase was over 9 feet tall!!! They said it was the largest thing Tiffany ever made.

Now, please, bare with me, all of this happened very clearly and with great detail and I remember it as though I was there (I actually met Sullivan’s daughter!) and the strange thing is I hardly ever, ever dream!

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iconnumber posted 01-03-2010 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a great story. There is no telling what other wonders are in that safe!

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2010 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If that was a dream, it's clearly a sign that you are meant to create that vase yourself.

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2010 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ahwt and Polly, Thanks – I was not sure how this would read (weird, funny, etc.) - It is pretty much as I dreamed and the only thing I can add is that years ago I raced bicycles and after spending the early spring riding hundreds of miles, usually a few weeks before the racing started I would dream about being in a race and know that I was mentally ready.

So Polly you are right, sort of! For the past few weeks I have been hot forging a 100 oz. .999 ingot for an hour 2 or 3 times a week at night. There is no final design in mind and I am just doing it for the “fun” of it to see if I can make something the old fashioned way… So far it has gone from 6 ½” X 2 ½” X 1 3/4” to roughly 10” X 6” X 3/8” . I will up date you when I get some where with it.

The only other piece to add is that near my home in NY there is a place (Boston Corner), where an illegal bare knuckle heavy weight championship fight took place in 1853 with a Yankee Sullivan not John (who was a champion a few years later).

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iconnumber posted 01-13-2010 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope you will post photos of your piece. I wish you could post photos of your dream, too!

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