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ajlewisbrookes

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iconnumber posted 06-27-2007 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ajlewisbrookes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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This really belongs in the Silver Stories Forum but I am still a newby and can only post here. This story concerns the hilarious threads on bad E-Bay descriptions.
A couple of weeks ago whilst perusing the E-Bay Sterling silver section, I came across a dealer (and it was a dealer who regularly sells Sterling), selling a beautiful German Sterling Samovar for $$$$.
The maker he described thus:

    "Made by the famous German Crescant Moon & Crown factory"

Please pick me up off the floor!!!!!!!

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swarter
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iconnumber posted 06-27-2007 05:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a good one. Some of us get so jaded we forget to see the humor in these. Glad to see you are perusing the archives, and thanks for posting it.

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DB

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iconnumber posted 06-27-2007 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ebay is constantly a source of amusement. I collect airline flatware (as a sideline) -here: as read in an airline flatware listing: "You know how these old people are like - magpies - they see a menu in a restaurant and *poof* it's hidden in a purse or jacket - the same thing used to happen to ashtrays and coasters and airline flatware. This set was victim of one such elderly person."

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middletom

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iconnumber posted 06-28-2007 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for middletom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today, I saw on Ebay some flatware attributed to ONC, but only one piece was ours. Do these sellers ever turn the pieces over and look at the name of the maker on the back? Or are they just trying to scam people? It would be laughable if it wasn't so deceptive.

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feniangirl

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iconnumber posted 07-04-2007 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for feniangirl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL. Though many are deceptive, some are just barking mad.

My all time favorite was the seller who stated the piece was "unmarked, but I am sure it's silver, because it smells like silver."

Then there was, "This is a group of five (5) silver spoons, most from the late 1800s. Each is in excellent condition. Please note that none have any rust marks."

And a real honest seller: "This is an early spoon with marks. There is some dings in the spoon see pitchers . And in response to some information sent: Thank you for your information.I don't know a lot if hardly anything about silver marks."

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argentum1

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iconnumber posted 07-04-2007 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shortly after eBay got started, someone placed an auction for a P. Revere spoon. It had the appearance of an early spoon. But upon looking at the mark I thought it must have been made when he was just getting his start. He was so poor he had to use a nail or some pointed objet to scratch his name onto the spoon. I like to think the dealer was just plain dumb.

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swarter
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iconnumber posted 07-04-2007 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
I like to think the dealer was just plain dumb.

Or dumb like a fox . . . . rolleyes

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witzhall

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2007 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for witzhall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
. . . and today on eBay I saw an early fiddle teaspoon with a very well-used look described thus:

Bowl of spoon has original marks from being hand hammered.

It's a never-ending source of amusement!

[This message has been edited by witzhall (edited 07-05-2007).]

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bascall

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2007 06:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nothing to do with silver but, at least for me, to do with hiliarity on the previously mentioned auction site. There was a cartoon out a few years ago that showed a refrigerator I believe and had a caption that read something like this " I cleaned the refrigerator out this morning and put the leftovers on eBay; there up to $35.00 tonight!"

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OWK

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iconnumber posted 08-10-2007 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LOL. Though many are deceptive, some are just barking mad.

My all time favorite was the seller who stated the piece was "unmarked, but I am sure it's silver, because it smells like silver."

________________________________________

This one isn't as funny as you might think.

I can tell silver from plate by the smell.

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doc

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2007 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just perusing a popular Internet auction site and found a posting for an "Early Southern Solid Coin Spoon/teaspoon-Vermont".
Someone needs a lesson in geography!!! Admittedly, the maker is from Brattleboro, which is in southern Vermont!

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Sheila

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iconnumber posted 09-05-2007 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sheila     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to agree, I can pick out a Solid Gold watch case in a minute, and my grandfather, who collected Silver, knew Sterling by the smell too. He was always correct!

I have little experience with silver smells though.

Sounds weird, but I know many watch collectors that can tell the difference between Sterling and Coin Silver. That one really got to me.

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silverhunter

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iconnumber posted 09-05-2007 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can read but I don't have a silver library.

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silverhunter

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iconnumber posted 09-05-2007 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My father should give my mother a diamond with my birth, his name was Neil.etc.
I only smell polish wax/cream, I'm sorry.

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 09-05-2007 10:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:

Sounds weird, but I know many watch collectors that can tell the difference between Sterling and Coin Silver. That one really got to me.

Silver by its smell doesn't make much sense to me because whether an object is solid silver or silver plated wouldn't make any difference since the surface layer of both is silver.

Telling sterling from coin is an even greater perplexity for me since the difference between the two is only a very tiny difference in the amount of silver in the alloy. Sterling is 92.5% silver while coin is indeterminate but usually in the range of 90% silver but sometimes a bit more or less.

Also, silver and high silver alloys are pretty stable and do not volatize, evaporate, or sublime which would be necessary for them to give off odors. Odors are molecules given off by something into the air that are detected by the nose as you breathe in air.

I'm thinking what some people might be smelling could be silver polish.


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agleopar

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iconnumber posted 09-06-2007 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm with you Kimo.

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argentum1

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iconnumber posted 09-06-2007 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The smells are most likely Silver Sulfide and some oxidative compound of copper. I would imagine the earlier the item the greater the amounts of copper compounds as a result of firescale being present. However I have not smelled what is referred to as 'silver smell' on the very few colonial pieces I had the opportunity to handle(with gloved hands). Add to the above that most silver polishes used by many people just plain stinks. Excuse the use of the highly technical term 'stink'.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-10-2007 11:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For me this is one of the funniest ever --- now I've really seen it all on eBay ....

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silverhunter

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iconnumber posted 10-11-2007 03:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for silverhunter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my fantasy I see this man in the Plaza at the bar and offering valuabel coins from 15th and 16th century made from plaza silverplated from a very big eggcup it was a special offer. With swet I awaked and I dreamed I had bought some.
But on snip you hardly find 15 th and 16 th centurie silver coins.

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doc

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iconnumber posted 10-11-2007 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am so glad you reposted that thread, Scott-it makes me laugh! I have a place in Western Maine and I was just in Pa's Trading Post last Sunday afternoon, the home of the alleged silver expert of Western Maine! Alas, no 15th or 16th century South American silver to be found there.

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