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OWK

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2008 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Hello all,

I recently purchased a repousse bowl at auction. I think it is a handsome piece, but I'm a little confused as to it's origins. It was sold to me as Continental (and I can see this as plausible given the form), but the marks would be unfamiliar to me as Continental silver. Having purchased Hanau silver as English in the past (blush) I'm obviously a bit of a novice where European marks are concerned. So....

I was wondering if anyone might have any information as to origins and maker? (hoping it's American, but the form doesn't exactly say American to me)

Thanks in advance for your consideration.




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OWK

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2008 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I should have added that the script "FW" punch is the only mark, but it is applied 3 times. Once on each handle, and once on the bottom.

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swarter
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iconnumber posted 01-25-2008 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is Continental, as represented. The mark is a Prussian Duty or Tax Stamp, in use at least around 1809, so it is a nice early piece. Perhaps others can provide more information, but this is a start.

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2008 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Handsome piece. The mark looks very close to that of Freeman Woods

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OWK

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2008 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes wev.. I bought it on the outside chance that it was a Freeman Woods variant mark (while the more rational side of me told me that it clearly was not)

But I liked the piece enough that I bought it in spite of my rational side.

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OWK

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2008 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you swarter... that is what the piece was represented as (Prussian).

But I could find no reference to Prussian marks anywhere.

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OWK

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2008 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OWK     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Once again, thanks swarter...

I found an online reference showing the tax stamp of King Friedrich Wilhelm (identical FW punch) used between 1809 and 1812.

This is indeed a nice early piece. I'm happy with the purchase.

(I was living in fear of the dreaded "I hate to break it to you, but its late 19th century Hanau" response)

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2008 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This Prussia mark is also illustrated on page 46 of Tardy (at least in my Fifth Edition, 2005 reprint version).

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iconnumber posted 01-25-2008 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rosenberg shows four versions of the mark (Rosenberg's marks are reproduced in Wyler without the accompanying text.

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