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iconnumber posted 09-04-2004 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tryingtolearn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My father purchased a vase that looks silver or pewter kinda light weight. He was intrigued with the look....almost as if was molded with designs from an earlier era.Howver, after a couple of weeks of looking on the intranet I can not find what the marking means......I am sorry I can not produce a picture however it does say what I think is Barbour S.P. International S. Co. It also has what seems to me is a little man with cigar pipe on both sides of him. Any information on this would greatly be aprreciated. This is more of trying to learn where it came from....for our personal satisfaction of finaly knowing.


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iconnumber posted 09-04-2004 12:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Barbour was one of the firms that went in to make the International Silver Company. Barbour was primarily a maker of silverplate. The man with the pipe appears in pieces that have a sort of vague Dutch theme to them. Your piece is silverplate.

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iconnumber posted 09-04-2004 01:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tryingtolearn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I appreciate the help, really helped. Is there any website I can go to if I want to learn what era it is from and really to find any information on it? Any help is greatly appreciated. And Thank You again.....

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iconnumber posted 09-06-2004 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The International Silver Co was formed in 1898 as a merger of several existing silverplate manufacturers. IS maintained many of the old brand names for many years afterwards. So 1898 is the earliest date possible. However I believe your mark dates from the 1920s.

The silver pewter look may be where the original silverplate has worn through, leaving the duller colour of the base metal.

Just a thought: New York was founded by the Dutch as New Amsterdam in 1625. Were there any celebrations in 1925 to mark the tri-centennial which might account for this vogue of Dutch-style objects in the 1920s?

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