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ranger1202

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iconnumber posted 10-03-2018 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ranger1202     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a set of what I assumed were salt cellars but now believe may be a tong rest to match the set in the link below [link snipped...Please re-read the Guidelines]. I would appreciate any thoughts you all may have. Thanks.




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asheland

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iconnumber posted 10-03-2018 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asheland     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gorham, 1871. Just like the Ice Bowl!
ABSOLUTELY SUPERB!

Polly will like those. smile

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-03-2018 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ranger1202,

You'd make the maintenance for the forums easier if you would use the SSF Photo Gallery to host your photos.

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ranger1202

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iconnumber posted 10-03-2018 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ranger1202     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Scott Martin:
ranger1202,

You'd make the maintenance for the forums easier if you would use the SSF Photo Gallery to host your photos.


Will do. And apologies for the link...

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ranger1202

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2018 09:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ranger1202     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any opinions on what these were used for?

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 10-04-2018 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Knowing the measurements and whether the inside shows signs of vermeil would help the discussion.

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ranger1202

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2018 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ranger1202     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Measurements are 3"wide x 2"long x 2" tall. They could potentially have gold vermeil in the bowl. It's hard to tell with the amount of patina and age. If I decide to polish them it may be easier to tell.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2018 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My guess would be.salts. Gotham made
some tongs to go with an ice bucket I think.
Whatever their use they are great.

[This message has been edited by ahwt (edited 10-05-2018).]

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Richard Kurtzman
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iconnumber posted 10-04-2018 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Richard Kurtzman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ranger1202,

Gorham did make salt cellars in this design, 1130

One is shown, along with a spoon, in a Gorham photograph on page 68 of "The Handbook of Gorham Open Salt Dishes" by George & Carolyn Tompkins.

The dimensions given in the Gorham photo are 1 1/2 inches high and 2 1/4 wide.
These dimensions are smaller than yours.
Also, the date of the picture is 1873.

[This message has been edited by Richard Kurtzman (edited 10-04-2018).]

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iconnumber posted 10-05-2018 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ranger1202     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the replies and help. I did not know they made other items in this pattern non ice related. Unfortunately, there isn't much info out there about this unique pattern.

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Polly

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OHHHHHH!!!! Those are WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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