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iconnumber posted 05-03-2000 09:17 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently acquired a very large and complete set of silver? plate? I have researched the pattern and identified it as Prelude - the puzzling aspect of the set is the only marking, which is on all pieces is "NICKEL SILVER". The only info I find on this pattern is that it was issued in 1939 and was issued in sterling silver and not plate. If International did not make this who did? And why can't I find any pieces like this anywhere. I have electronic photos. It is in perfect condition. 12 settings plus all the extras. Is this worth anything - no one I've asked so far knows anything about this pattern without markings. Help

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iconnumber posted 05-04-2000 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmmm...the only idea I have is that perhaps Oneida, who did run a line called "N.F. Nickel Silver" did a knock-off of the hugely successful prelude. I don't know how probable an industrial ploy like this might have been (especially since International did its own lines of electroplate) at the time, but it could be...

Have you looked at the pattern very closely, to see if there might be slight differences...that's the way people usually get around design patents (International did a very close knock-off of Jensen's Acorn with its Royal Danish in 1940, so it's not unknown).

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iconnumber posted 05-04-2000 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You mention you have electronic photos - why don't you post them in the forum? As Ulysses has most accurately pointed out, there are many patterns that are astonishingly similar. A picture is worth a thousand words.

[This message has been edited by June Martin (edited 05-04-2000).]

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iconnumber posted 05-04-2000 09:25 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have examined the pattern and it definately looks like the sterling version. One pattern matching service said it may be a Japanese knock-off - how plausible is that. Even the wooden box it is in is quite different from anything I have seen. I live in Ft. Myers, FL. does anyone know of anyone of experience here who could examine the set. It really is spectacular without any wear what-so-ever. Actually it looks like it was never used.

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iconnumber posted 05-04-2000 10:32 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a URL where you can view a few pieces. I will try to get a clear photo of the imprint but all it says is NICKEL SILVER

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