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wizard

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iconnumber posted 01-22-2006 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wizard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased EMPIRE STYLE silverplated Polish candlesticks that I believe to be made about 1900.Marked EHRLICH or J EHRLICH and what is probably a style number that won't photo well. I am thinking it is retailer name rather than the artisan since it is silverplated.Any thoughts on Ehrlich would as always be appreciated.

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 01-23-2006 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Usually, IMHE, dealers catagorize candle sticks like this as 'Judaica'. The line of reasoning runs that such pieces were used in the Sabbath ritual at dinner. The origins of these are usually what is now Poland, Lithuania, Latvia or Ukraine. AFAIK, the makers are not well known, at least to us in the English speaking world.

The story line runs that Jewish immigrants brought with them the candlesticks. And sometimes a matching bread plate. The pieces I have personally handled have been rather light weight and plated by an apparent variety of methods. The under metal is sometimes tin, sometimes brass, usually quite thin. The designs tend to be traditional.

And as with traditional silver, it is hard to date them. It appears that these were at some point sold in the US. These sales were through Judaica outlets. I have seen quite a bit of this. The designs are invariably pleasant and well done. Though light weight, they stand up well to use.

Here we see a type of silver that came into the US outside the usual silver markets. I always wonder how many other things would fall into that catagory.

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