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iconnumber posted 07-24-2005 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Things have been pretty quiet here lately in the Continental Forum, so I thought I spice things up and present a little brain teaser culled from my research notebooks.

Pictured below is perhaps the strangest hallmark I've ever come across. It's on a plain spoon, circa 1870, spatulate handle, with no shoulders or drop. There are no quality marks, but it is definitely silver and not plate.

Anyone care to hazard a guess as to the country, city, maker and " most importantly " what the mark depicts?

(Please: if you know, let others have some fun guessing for a bit!)

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iconnumber posted 07-25-2005 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scotia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

F Schleck / Schlick and a man climbing a ladder on its side or someone being sucked from the ground LOL.

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iconnumber posted 07-25-2005 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Somebody crowd-surfing?

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iconnumber posted 07-25-2005 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, who is Schleck, and where did they get that picture of my ex after a night on the town?

Cheryl ;o)

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iconnumber posted 07-27-2005 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The late, great comedienne Anna Russell was famous for a routine in which she gave a 20 minute précis of Wagner’s entire Ring Cycle. About two-thirds of the way through, having recounted goldsmithing gnomes, shrieking Valkyries, avaricious giants, shapeshifting dragons, etc., she would pause and assure her audience: “I’m not making this up, you know.”


Oddly enough, Cheryl, you actually come the closest. The mark depicts a footless man with wooden blocks strapped to his shins, propelling himself with two wooden paddles. The image is from the canting (i.e. punning) arms of the German city of Kröpelin[krüppel = “cripple”]. The maker is Johann Christian Friedrich Schlick, born in Kröpelin on 9 Oct 1814, the son of silversmith Johann Friedrich Schlick and Caroline Dosten. He trained with his father and assumed his business upon the elder Schlick’s death in 1841. It is not known when Schlick the younger died, but it was sometime between 1875 (the last mention of him in Kröpelin records) and 1903 (when his widow is listed in the Kröpelin directory).

Both he and his father are listed in Wolfgang Scheffler’s “Goldschmiede Mittel- un Nordost Deutschlands” (Kröpelin, nos. 3 & 5, respectively) but the city mark was not discovered and identified until 1998, when it was reported in the August 1998 edition of Weltkunst magazine, where this image is from.

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