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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 12-22-2005 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought this spoon in Amsterdam. I know it was made in 1821 from the date letter. The assay office mark seems to be rubbed off the Perseus head, and the maker's mark is partly effaced. Also, the date letter is on the spoon bowl while the other marks are on the obverse of the handle (unusual?). I have not seen anything like this spoon in the Netherlands.

Does anyone have any idea about the maker or style?

Thanks,
Tom

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen similar scoops made in the U.S. referred to as nutmeg scoops. The U.S. scoops had a narrower bowl.

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Tom!

Just a note to say congratulations on getting your new camera. Takes great pictures, but you are right. Daylight is definitely the best. If indoors use a greyish backdrop. That's what my camera buffs tell me. Now if Santa would bring me one that would be nice.

Happy Holiday.
Jersey

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Jersey. I had to cash in a lot of chips with Santa (in fact, I now owe her a new sewing machine!).

Merry Christmas,
Tom

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blakstone

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 07:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sugar scoops (as opposed to spoons) were used in the late 18th/early 19th century because the earliest processed sugar was browner, moister and lumpier than what we're familiar with; much closer what we call demerara sugar.

Sorry, but I can't make out the maker's mark at all (though do I see the faintest tip of an A on Perseus' helmet for Amsterdam?). And no, it's not uncommon (on all but regular forks & spoons) to see Dutch hallmarks scattered about.

One more thing: the date letter is not "M" for 1821. You have it upside down; it's "W" for 1831.

Happy holidays!

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Blackstone. I now see my mistake on the date letter. Since the seller also thought it might be Amsterdam and that is where I bought it, odds are it was also made there. The seller had a wide selection of spoons and seemed fairly knowledgeable. She indicated this piece, style, whatever was not that common. Any idea why or just the usual seller's line? She only had one other such spoon in rather large collection.

I hope you are getting back to normal in New Orleans and enjoy this Holiday season,

Tom

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi again Tom!

What kind of sewing machine, my son hopefully will be returning for his 2006 his umteenth Mardi Gras. His friends have all been found safe TG. Maybe he can stuff a machine into his bag..........if she can wait........

George Rodrigue has been doing his best to help to bring your city back we hear.

I'm glad my friend Al Hirt was not around to see his beautiful city in ruins, but I know he would bring out his horn like the angels and trumpet it's return....Pun intended.

Hope I'm not too far off the forum guidelines.......but after all it is Christmas, so I hope I will be allowed this aside !

Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you!
Jersey

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Blacstone is the one in New Orleans. I live in Chicago. Happy Holdadys just the same!

Tom

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wev
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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would you be so kind as to reduce the size of your last image? Thank you.

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jersey

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jersey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry my mistake Tom! BUT FYI I am also Marquette grad & lover of Da Bears, Topo Gigio's & Second City + My Godson & many friends are in Chi Town area. My good wishes are still with you all!
Jersey

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