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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2011 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fraget is a Polish/Russian company and the mark on these items dates from 1896 to 1915.



The mark on the spoon and fork appears to be Fraret:



However the mark on the blade of the knife is Fraget:

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2011 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Below are close up pictures of the strange animal on the set.

The reverse of the fork and spoon are below:

Swarter has already posted this face in Great Faces in Silver #1. Any ideas as to what animal this depicts.

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2011 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it is a bat.

Gorham produced cocktail forks with a very similar pattern in the 1880s-1890s. Not sure whose came first, but probably the European ones.

Interesting to see the hollow-handled knife of this pattern, which depicts the pattern in 3 dimensions.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2011 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul, that is a good of selection as I could make - they should be fun for Halloween.

This is the other side of the knife.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 05-14-2011 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Its most likely a Lion. Look at those paws. eek

Somewhere I got the impression that this had something to do with passion and restraint.

Animals biting, swallowing, regurgitating a column shows up in ancient architecture. What is is supposed to mean, I don't know.

Even though it doesn't look anything like it, for years June & I have casually called the Gorham pattern creature a wombat.

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2011 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Several years ago, had a few pieces by Christofle in this pattern - Peau de Lion, designed by Charles Rossigneux for the 1867 Paris Exposition, if I recall correctly, believe it was meant to represent the lion-skin worn by mythological Greek hero Hercules.

The Greek style service with the Peau de Lion motif showing on the smaller pieces; the table is bronze dore and silver:

~Cheryl

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