Please help identify

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ohev
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Please help identify

Postby ohev » Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:49 pm

This is a very unusual piece. Not very practical. Can you please assist me with identifying who made it? Thank you. Joel

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1cf1 ... /ry%3D480/"

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1cf1 ... /ry%3D480/"

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Re: Please help identify

Postby silverly » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:13 pm

I believe your item was made by John L Westervelt who was a Newburgh, New York gold and silversmith and was in business from the 1840's up to at least the end of the 1880's.

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Re: Please help identify

Postby silverly » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:42 pm

Correction, John L Westervelt was listed as a gold and silversmith in Newburgh, New York business directories at least through 1901.

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Re: Please help identify

Postby ohev » Thu Dec 01, 2011 12:57 am

I looked at the hallmark on this website and it does not look like Westervelt.Granted the initials are the same. It might have been a experimental piece. Certainly one of a kind. Thx for the responses.

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Re: Please help identify

Postby silverly » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:25 am

Westervelt's mark changed over the years. I am confident that he stands a very good chance of being your maker. It looks like your ladle has been mistreated somewhere along the way. If it were my own, I'd have to try to do something about that. What size is it?

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Re: Please help identify

Postby ohev » Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:49 am

I'd say it is about 9-10 inches long. It needs to be cleaned, but I think the shape might have meant to be this way. Would you like me to post more pictures?

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Re: Please help identify

Postby silverly » Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:02 am

Thanks for the reply. Yes, when it's convenient more images might be interesting.

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Re: Please help identify

Postby ohev » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:30 am

Here are some more pictures. It could be someone hammered an existing piece into another shape. I do not think so. It is unusual. What do you think?

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Re: Please help identify

Postby ohev » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:37 am


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Re: Please help identify

Postby silverly » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:06 am

Nice image. Sadly, I cannot answer your question. I've never seen a ladle with a handle shaped like yours.


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