Marks Sample: James Conning Mobile Alabama

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Marks Sample: James Conning Mobile Alabama

Postby Traintime » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:49 pm

On tablespoon estimated 9":

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Operating 1841-1871. With nephew William A. as James Conning & Co. 1866-71.

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Re: Marks Sample: James Conning Mobile Alabama

Postby samtron76df » Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:03 pm

thank you for posting this spoon. any idea what the little mark on the right signifies?

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Re: Marks Sample: James Conning Mobile Alabama

Postby Traintime » Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:56 pm

All I can tell you is that it appears on other pieces. WES is cited as the go to source on the maker mark..might search SMP Silver Salon Forums threads to see if he ever discussed that added mark. Casually, I would describe it as a "spearhead emenating from a crescent" and it seems to be a full mark rather than a cut off partial. Conning was known as a Confederate swordmaker, but I wouldn't jump to any conclusions about blade-shaped additional marks. Whether he is retailing a supplied piece is a whole other area to look at. He's said to be the more common of Mobile makers seen and came from New York to this other busy port city.

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Re: Marks Sample: James Conning Mobile Alabama

Postby wev » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:12 pm

It is likely a journeyman's mark from the shop of whoever Conning was buying his flatware stock from -- Wood & Hughes was one of his major suppliers, but there were undoubtedly others.

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Re: Marks Sample: James Conning Mobile Alabama

Postby dognose » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:19 pm

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James Conning - Mobile, AL - 1852

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Re: Marks Sample: James Conning Mobile Alabama

Postby Traintime » Sun Dec 08, 2019 4:29 pm

Sorry about that WES Wev...darn cold outside and both fingers and brain were freeeezing!


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