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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 04-16-2000 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello. I purchased a few months ago an Aesthetic sterling salt cellar featuring a hammered background with chased insects and water plants. Based on the style of the feet, the size, and the style of the chasing (a fish slice with virtually identical design is shown in the 1998 Sotheby's Jerome Rapoport silver auction catalog), I believe these to by Dominick and Haff. However, they are not marked as such. The markings are: STERLING, T. B. STARR, and a star with #5 above. I believe Starr retailed this item. Is it likely that this piece is D & H, and it was not marked with the company hallmarks?

Finally, my reason for posting it in the wanted section is that I would like to find a sterling salt spoon with similar decoration, preferably by D & H.


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iconnumber posted 04-17-2000 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is my understanding that Theodore Starr was a manufacturer and retailer, operating from 1900 to 1924, when he was bought out by Reed & Barton.

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iconnumber posted 04-17-2000 03:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Theodore B. Starr actually was in business as early as 1877. For details see: Theodore B. Starr

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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 04-17-2000 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The reasons I thought it may have been D & H were: 1. The great similarity of design to other signed D & H pcs; and 2. I know that Gorham manufactured for T. B. Starr, and pieces did go unsigned, so I thought perhaps there were similar goings-on with D&H and Starr.


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iconnumber posted 09-23-2008 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ellabee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul, I hope you've encountered a salt spoon of the kind you were seeking in the last eight years!

As you see a lot more silver than I do, you've probably come to this conclusion yourself in the meantime, but yes, there almost certainly were D&H pieces retailed by Theo B. Starr (and other retailers) without the makers' mark.

One example is a stuffing spoon that's been offered on the big online auction place for the last year, in the version of the 'King' pattern produced by D&H, but the only marks are Theo B. Starr. (I've gotten pretty good at telling versions of 'Kings' apart.) I have a set of breakfast knives and several serving pieces that were part of my great-grandmother's wedding silver that are D&H but marked only by J.E. Caldwell, the retailer.

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