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Would like help identifying maker of this sterling tray...

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:05 am
by SarahB
I have been trying to identify this maker's mark but I have not been able to find it yet. I would appreciate it if anyone who recognizes it could let me know. This is a sterling tray with floral handles, American I think, with a Danish influence.

Thank you,
Sarah

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Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 1:24 am
by admin
Hello,
If you'd really like it identified, a mark image of a decent size would help.
Regards, Tom
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Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:18 pm
by dalelymanh
I have two pieces with the same mark. I have always thought it is a DeMatteo mark, but I can not find a reference anywhere. Is yours 15 inches and about 22 ounces?

Dale
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Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:30 pm
by admin
wish we all had your eyes!
If either of you would post an image of viewable size, perhaps the mystery could be solved.
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Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:19 pm
by dalelymanh
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One has Lily of the Valley handles, and the other has "Jensen-esque" Blossom style handles.

Thanks!

Dale
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Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:31 pm
by SarahB
dalelymanh wrote:Image

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One has Lily of the Valley handles, and the other has "Jensen-esque" Blossom style handles.

Thanks!

Dale


Hi Dale - Thanks for supplying the large image of the hallmark! It is the same hallmark as on my tray, but yours is much more deeply stamped and therefore easier to read. My tray is the same as the one you have with the Blossom style handles - I still have not been able to identify the hallmark, but at least I now know what it should look like...

Thank you!
Sarah
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Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:43 pm
by admin
Sorry, forgot all about this post. I have tracked down the maker, the mark was used by Armand Guion in the 1950s, possibly as early as the late 40's in into the early sixties. Guion had a retail shop in midtown NYC where he sold antique silver, there was a small 3 or 4 man workshop in the back where old pieces were restored and new sterling pieces were made. I'm told this mark represented no real individual's name and was intended to vaguely resemble that of DeMatteo, as was the silver it was stamped upon. In later years, Guion used the mark "Fara Co". - it was composed of the first initials of his immediate family.

Regards, Tom
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