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Palma
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iconnumber posted 11-06-2002 04:31 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
HI,
I just received a salad serving set and was curious about it. The set has three crowns on the back two above a centered single crown and is in a felt pouch from the Three Crowns Silversmiths; Pottstown, PA. The set is actually brass colored and has a small design, where the heads meet the handles, three bars one atop the other followed by a row of four small beads/balls. The set is a brass color with the design more like copper. I believe it is a relatively new set but have found no information about the silversmith or when it was made. It is a special set to me passed down by my mother and I just want to have more information for when I pass it on. Thank you for your help with my little mystery!

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 11-06-2002 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Palma,

I wish I could help you. The three crown mark is a mystery to a lot of people, as the company is almost completely unrecorded in silver reference books. I learned about the company the same way you did, from the felt pouch on a salad set.

Judging from the style of Three Crown pieces I have seen, I would guess they are no older than the 1930's, and may be as late as the 1960's. I have seen silverplate examples, as well as pieces with brass and copper finishes like yours. Salad sets seem to have been their major product, as you rarely see anything else by them.

Pottstown is a small city about a few miles to the west of Philadelphia. It used to be a big manufacturing center, but is now on hard times. Mrs. Smith's pie factory, one of the last big employers, pulled out a few years ago.

I suppose the city might have a historical society or old business directories. Anyone want to take a crack at finding out more?

I hope this helps a little bit!

Brent

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 11-07-2002 12:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had this set a few times in a variety of media. There is one silverplated with the balls in copper that is strikingly attractive. My guess is that the three crowns are related to the retailer not the maker. They sort of suggest the Swedish quality mark of three crowns, and the style is vaguely Scandinavian, so I would look for a firm that sold Scandinavian type designs, not necessarily silver. These could have come in a wooden, glass or ceramic salad bowl. It is a very handsome set, and in a useful size. Believe there is also a candle snuffer in this pattern.

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Palma
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iconnumber posted 11-07-2002 02:17 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the information! If I find out anymore I will let you know! I love a challenge!

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kilikini

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iconnumber posted 11-08-2002 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kilikini     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aloha,

I just yesterday acquired a leaf-shaped small serving tray (about the right size for nuts or small hors de ouvres) that also has the three crowns symbol. Three pointy crowns; two crowns centered above a single identical crown. I could probably scan it or get a friend to take a picture of it if someone wants to take a look. I would love to know more about it. Story is that it's been in my family for quite some time. Is this a more different kind of item than is usually associated with the Three Crowns?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 11-08-2002 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also see:

[This message has been edited by Stephen (edited 03-29-2003).]

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kilikini

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iconnumber posted 11-08-2002 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kilikini     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the back of the leaf platter that I scanned in. It's kind of dark, but you can get the idea of how different it is compared to the salad servings. There is also a small image of the Three Crowns.

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T-Bird-Art

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2003 06:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for T-Bird-Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is what the Pottstown Historical Society had to say:
E-mail message

From: info@pottstownhistory.org (Pottstown Historical Society) Date: Fri, Apr 4, 2003 Subject: Re: Pottstown History Web Contact Form
DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THIS COMPANY EXCEPT IT WAS STARTED IN 1946 HERE AND AT ONE TIME HAD UP TO 60 EMPLOYEES. ITS CHIEF PRODUCT WAS SILVER PLATEWARE DESIGNED IN SCANDINAVIAN STYLES. IT DISTRIBUTED ITS PRODUCTS ALL THRU THE U.S. AND CANADA. ENDED IN THE 1960'S. ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------

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Stephen

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iconnumber posted 04-05-2003 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great info, T-Bird-Art.

The local library there might be another good place for information.

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 06-10-2011 12:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was just reminded that I had gathered some info on this manufacturer after seeing a couple of pieces with the added stamp of designer Royal Hickman, better known for his pottery (sorry about the quality).....

1951 ad showing a number of their pieces, from the Reading, PA Eagle:

~Cheryl

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 06-10-2011 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excerpts from the 1946 Jewelers' Circular-Keystone, first one noting that the beaded pieces are called "Ingrid":

From the 1947 Jewelers' Circular-Keystone:

~Cheryl

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 06-11-2011 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for sharing the ads! It fills in a few holes in what we know about them. There was some "synergy" among pottery, glass and china manufacturers starting in the 1930s. China and glass manufacturers made inserts for silver frames, china maufacturers contracted for silver mounts for their pieces, etc. Fostoria made pattern glass to match Community silverplate patterns like Coronation. If you collect a silverplate, china or glass pattern from this period, it is well to be aware that there can be complementary pieces in other media available.

I love the water pitcher in the first ad; I'd keep one if I found it!

Brent

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