Kalo Style Server

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Kalo Style Server

Postby Aguest » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:41 pm

Hello, not sure how to describe this server as anything other than "Kalo Style" and it looks similar to other companies as well such as Randall and Cellini and Carlson, inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century.

Based on the distinctive "925" and "1000" hallmarks in ovals with very distinctive fonts, is there enough evidence to attribute a maker?

There is a monogram of "1951" so this might have been made in 1950, although it could possibly have been made earlier....

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Re: Kalo Style Server

Postby Aguest » Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:03 am

There is a company called "Galt & Bro" and they were active in Washington D.C. around 1900-1910 and they have a similar hallmark:

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Re: Kalo Style Server

Postby Aguest » Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:19 am

Ok it appears as if Galt & Bro is the retailer and not the maker + Here is a post which claims an attribution:
"Finally an attribution.
According to the new book,
Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork & Jewelry,
by Darcy L. Evon
these pieces were made by the Marshall Field and Co.,
Wholesale Division."
OK so these were made by the Marshall Field and Company Wholesale Division.

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Re: Kalo Style Server

Postby dragonflywink » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:38 am

To clarify - Evon's book attributes this mark to Marshall Field's wholesale division, noting only the cut-off version that appears to read (925)(000)...

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Re: Kalo Style Server

Postby Aguest » Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:01 am

It does strike me that the shape of the "9" in the "925" hallmark on this pie server is EXTREMELY similar to the "9" in the monogram "1951" on the handle ::: That then raised the question, "How could this have been produced by Marshall Fields Wholesale Division if the monogram font matches the hallmark font so precisely?"___ I wouldn't expect a Wholesale Division to have a monogram department, that should have been left to the retailer ___

That has been a lingering question in my mind, so perhaps the pieces with the distinct (1000) have another explanation

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Re: Kalo Style Server

Postby dragonflywink » Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:26 pm

Don't believe there is any difference in source or dating between the two, just that the punches appearing to be missing the '1' were worn or damaged, and was only noting that Evon's attribution was done without apparent knowledge of the pieces with the '1' - also believe there might be an anomaly concerning the dates of operation for the Marshall Field workshop, but again, she does note the marks were "attributed". An engraved date is not necessarily an indication of age, the engraving can be done by anyone at any time after manufacture - there's really little question that these pieces date to the first couple of decades of the 20th century, they show up in numerous catalogs and advertisements, suppose it's possible, though I'm doubtful, that they were still in production in 1951...

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Re: Kalo Style Server

Postby Aguest » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:03 pm

A few silver dealers have attributed the "distinctive numbers" (with the distinct number 1) to Galt & Bro of Washington D.C. 1900-1910, so this seems like a persistent alternate attribution even without the "Galt & Bro" retailer mark a few silver dealers are still attributing them to Galt & Bro.

Yes, the engraving could have been done at any time, but the "9" is so similar to the other "9," it just struck me as very similar, but it could just be a coincidence and nothing more.

It seems like these pieces all come from one source, even the pieces with the worn punch mark, the overall style and construction is very similar.

At least this thread will help someone when one of these pieces surfaces again, hopefully so.


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