Category Archives: aesthetic

Trenton Aesthetics

Looking at the following photo, you might think that these plates with aesthetic patterns were manufactured by Staffordshire potters. The cartouche and scroll designs as well as bamboo, birds and flowers all point to the Aesthetic Period in Great Britain … Continue reading

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No. 595

When I first saw it I thought it looked so familiar.  I was sure I had seen it before.  But what was it?  Was it a wine cooler or bucket of some sort? It was copper with what appeared to … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Maltese Cross

A reader of this blog recently contacted me and asked if I could assist her with the identification of a Bridgeport Silver Co. mark on a piece of hollowware that she had.  This is a photo of her “nut bowl” … Continue reading

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Pardon me, sir, there’s something in your mustache…

There you are, sitting at your favorite bar, sipping a delightfully cool and refreshing fruit smash.  You notice the bartender is looking at you a little strangely.  Then he leans over and whispers “Pardon me, sir, there’s something in your mustache.”  … Continue reading

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German “Japanese”

Hiram Hayden, of Holmes, Booth & Haydens, designed some gorgeous flatware patterns….”Corinth” and “India” are two that I have in my personal collection.  But the 1879″Japanese” has been another that I’ve long admired. The patent design drawing above shows bamboo and … Continue reading

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Durham Silver Plate Co.’s Rendition of Joseph Fradley’s “Lily”

I was recently researching a silver plated spoon I had…I wasn’t familiar with the pattern and I wasn’t familiar with the name on  the backstamp “Durham Silver P. Co.” The pattern on my spoon is a lovely aesthetic design which you can … Continue reading

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The Victorian Bar

Fascinated as I am by the myriad of patterns and multiple numbers of shapes and uses of late 18th Century flatware and holloware, I recently found myself pouring through “The Meriden Britannia Silver Plate-Treasury, The Complete Catalog of 1886-87, With 3200 … Continue reading

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Ladies Home Journal Silver-Plated Ware Premiums

My introduction to the early editions of Ladies Home Journal began when I was researching flatware made of plated steel.  I also ran across these early Ladies Home Journals when researching premium spoons.  Some of what was offered as premiums appeared to … Continue reading

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It Serves You Right….Design Patents Late 19th Century Flatware

Lately I’ve been intrigued by the process of manufacturing table flat ware from design to production.  Why, you ask, would anyone be intrigued by flatware manufacturing?  Well let me tell you…. I’ve been researching two different flatware manufacturers and patterns … Continue reading

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What’s the Purpose?

A napkin ring, a cream pitcher, a vase, scissors, spoon and nut pick…they all have a purpose.  But do they have more than one purpose?  Sure do.  Take this tiny little pewter Viking salt spoon for example.  It is marked … Continue reading

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