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iconnumber posted 12-09-2017 12:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Above is an old French shoehorn that we found recently at a flea market. I think it would be from the early 1900s. I am not sure what material was used for the non silver portion.

Does anyone have any idea as to who the maker was? The maker's mark is the letter S above hanging scales.

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iconnumber posted 12-09-2017 03:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like ivory to me. The mark is a bit chattered - is it possible that there is another 'S'?

Simon Slisonski, 1888-1903:


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iconnumber posted 12-09-2017 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cheryl, Thank you that is the mark. The bottom of the mark on the shoehorn is either not struck correctly or just dirty, but it has something that resembles part of the other s.
I may be ivory, but I think the only test is to burn part of it and see what it smells like. I will skip that part.
The Minerva mark is clear and even shows the outline of the unusual creature that lives on the helmet.
Thanks again Cheryl.

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iconnumber posted 12-09-2017 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ivory has a distinctive pattern of graining, but the photos are too blurry to see it well (and I wouldn't necessarily be able to recognize it).

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