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Fred Atz

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iconnumber posted 12-22-2005 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fred Atz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Greetings,

I have a silver spoon with the HAPAG anchor and shield on it. On the stem is stamped Gebr Hepp 90. It is about seven and one half inches long. I assume it once sailed the seas on the Hamburg American line.

If anyone could provide me with additional information such as the approximate time period it may have been in service and on what type of vessel it would be greatly appreciated.

Actually, any info. would help even asking for something more from me, or telling me where to go. (to get the data that is)

Thanks in advance,
Fred

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sazikov2000

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iconnumber posted 12-22-2005 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sazikov2000     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The maker´s mark of Gebr. (Gebrüder = Brothers) Hepp, Pforzheim, Pfälzerstraße 1-5 is the capital letter H. This firm delivered the "Hotelsilver" i.e. plated silver (the number 90 explains the quality of the plating, there was 80,90,100 and 120) for HAPAG, to use on their passenger ships before and after WWII. On which vessel?

There is a joke in Germany: A ship is 150 m long, 30 m broad and 20 m high. What is the name of the captain?

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Marc

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iconnumber posted 12-22-2005 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there sazikov2000,

I will guess.. H. Cole ?

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sazikov2000

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iconnumber posted 12-22-2005 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sazikov2000     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Marc

Congratulations! In spite of this was no easy one: you win! Your prize: a plated rococo spoon dating back to the elder Pilgrim Father.

Sazikov 2000

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 12-22-2005 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Speaking of riddles, a horror movie got me wondering: if a silver bullet is needed to kill a vampire, does it have to be sterling or will 800 do?

tom

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swarter
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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
.800 silver has only an 80% chance of killing the vampire, sterling a 92.5% chance, but Britannia is your best bet -- a 95% chance -- unless you can find pure silver, in which case you are home free! tongue

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, I will remember that next time I am in Brasov, Transylvania (site of one of Vlad the Impaler's castles)!

Cheers,
Tom

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Dale

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Something I have always wondered about: what did people use before there were bullets and guns? Which is most of human history. If these legends are as old as they appear to be, what was the older weapon of choice. Silver swords?

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 12-23-2005 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In all seriousness, the vampire legend only dates to the 18th century and is a conflation of two historic events. Vlad the Impaler, Count of Wallachia, was an actual person. As his name suggests, he impaled his enemies on stakes along the road. The other figure was Elizabeth Bartory, a Hungarian Countess who believed she could remain young by bathing in the blood of virgins. Bram Stoker created the fictional Dracula character.

I think a silver top of a cane also works for killing vampires or werewolves (again with greater probability of succes based on silver content!).

Cheers,
Tom

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sazikov2000

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iconnumber posted 12-24-2005 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sazikov2000     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Grandmother´s advice against vampires:

Heavy garlic breath and if it comes to the worst, a simple wooden picket through the heart. Then you open the curtains and let the sunshine in - this solves your problems with the corpse - you only have to dust a little - so, have your Fabergé ashtray ready.

Sazikov 2000

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