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Porter Blanchard Added "M" Mark

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:05 pm
by Traintime
Showing maker mark with additional "M"...object is foot long seving spoon (displaying button/knob rest on rear). Is this super letter a date code?

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Re: Porter Blanchard Added "M" Mark

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:50 am
by Traintime
Was able to find the Blanchard (Gardiner MA) practice of adding a smith's single intial stamp appears to have likely continued with the new shops (Pacoima/Calabassas) in California. If by chance this is an inverted mark, then Lewis Wise (c.1950-70) might be the actual maker. However, I have not yet been able to find any "M" name linked with P-B, apprentice or other, so no final conclusion is drawn yet.

Re: Porter Blanchard Added "M" Mark

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:08 pm
by JayT
Porter Blanchard made no flatware after 1955; it was made by his son-in-law Lewis Wise. Blanchard’s grandson, Troy Wise worked for the firm, is still alive and could answer your question if you can find him. He lives in Alaska. See:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Porter_Blanchard

Good luck in your research.

Re: Porter Blanchard Added "M" Mark

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:52 pm
by Traintime
Added for ref.: Technically, a "Dressing Spoon". A matching fork was made, causing these to often be called salad servers. (The narrow profile would seem to negate that use.)