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by JLDoggett
Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: telescopic claw
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: telescopic claw

I agree with Phil, there are quite a few examples of telescoping toasting forks. Inserting that into a container of brine could cause the hollow areas to flood; making it difficult or impossible to clean; and posing potential health hazards and corrosion.
by JLDoggett
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Mystery sterling
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Mystery sterling

The handled item is very rococo in style. what you are calling a base is mid-century modern, If intended to go together there would be stylistic similarities between the two pieces IE. a matching knurled band on the "base" to match the handled part. The "base" has far too small a...
by JLDoggett
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Mystery sterling
Replies: 10
Views: 296

Re: Mystery sterling

I don't think they go together, they are stylistically so different; it is too tall to be stable; they don't appear to fit together very well, nor is there a solid connection joining them. The handled part is either a demitasse or tea cup which should have a glass liner. The remaining base looks to ...
by JLDoggett
Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Silver Care / Techniques
Topic: How to polish inside sterling salt and pepper shakers?
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Re: How to polish inside sterling salt and pepper shakers?

I use tightly wound cotton wool on a bamboo skewer.
by JLDoggett
Wed May 20, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Towle Dover Serving Fork
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Re: Towle Dover Serving Fork

The sardine fork's tines are about half as long as that and is not pierced. A beef fork is the same length as an individual salad fork (they are actually the same handle) that is wider and pierced.
by JLDoggett
Tue May 19, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Towle Dover Serving Fork
Replies: 13
Views: 1416

Re: Towle Dover Serving Fork

That appears to be a beef fork.
by JLDoggett
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: System problems?
Replies: 15
Views: 2857

Re: System problems?

Thank you, Tom. That cured my log-in problems!
by JLDoggett
Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: System problems?
Replies: 15
Views: 2857

Re: System problems?

I had been thinking I messed something up with my computer!
by JLDoggett
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Melting down damaged coin silver spoons
Replies: 4
Views: 4658

Re: Melting down damaged coin silver spoons

Most I have melted assayed to 88-90% silver content. I understands it varies between 80-90% depending on materials available at the time and location.
by JLDoggett
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Help me to ID this Mark and the Piece
Replies: 5
Views: 3873

Re: Help me to ID this Mark and the Piece

The figure it the mascot of a company that produces cleaning products. It was a white container with her imprinted at the bottom of the label with "Dutch Made" under her feet. I thought it might be Bon Ami, but alas no. I will ferret out the product.
by JLDoggett
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy Christmas! - 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 11488

Re: Happy Christmas! - 2018

Happy Christmas and a Happy New ear to one and all.
by JLDoggett
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Two Sides of the Same Piece
Replies: 4
Views: 4675

Re: Two Sides of the Same Piece

Matchbox
by JLDoggett
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Other Jewelry
Topic: Silver Pendant
Replies: 3
Views: 5120

Re: Silver Pendant

The large stone is opal in matrix.
by JLDoggett
Sat May 12, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: Shiebler Fakes?
Replies: 4
Views: 6224

Re: Shiebler Fakes?

Dies are very expensive to make. First there is the hubbing die, which looks like the finished piece carved in a block of steel, it allows multiple dies to be made from it over time and the item is always the same one for the front, one for the back. The hub is hardened after it is perfect. This tak...
by JLDoggett
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Altered Tines..Stupid Question of the Day.
Replies: 11
Views: 7533

Re: Altered Tines..Stupid Question of the Day.

In die-stamped flatware forks the tines should all be level. in the die the tines are just a tapered rectangle of metal that is later punched to separate the tines. I would make little sense to have someone bend the outer tines as an additional step. I have never seen this in any of the never-used s...
by JLDoggett
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy Christmas! - 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 11054

Re: Happy Christmas! - 2017

To you and yours as well. Cheers!
by JLDoggett
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Sterling silver relief - hand made? Techniques used?
Replies: 3
Views: 2397

Re: Sterling silver relief - hand made? Techniques used?

Most likely cast, possibly some fine details added by chasing. Can't be certain without seeing the back under that material.
by JLDoggett
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Oval Shell Sterling Encased
Replies: 1
Views: 1604

Re: Oval Shell Sterling Encased

A pendant.
by JLDoggett
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Tiffany or Fake
Replies: 3
Views: 3016

Re: Tiffany or Fake

The mark looks OK. The style of the piece is typical of what they produced. All I can say from pictures. The M would only be on pieces made during Moore's tenure.
by JLDoggett
Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Caster - purpose?
Replies: 9
Views: 4831

Re: Caster - purpose?

Don't forget: sand casters for the literal minded.

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