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  • Silver Flatware Serving Pieces

    Unique silver flatware serving pieces, meant to serve specific foods, have been made since Victorian times and can be found in many patterns. Grace your Thanksgiving table with some of these special serving pieces.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • French Art Pottery

    There has been increased collector interest in art pottery made from about 1875 to 1930. Here are marks found on French art pottery and porcelain.

     

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  • Art Pottery

    American art pottery was first made in 1870. Here are examples of some of the marks you will find.

     

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  • Costume Jewelry

    Costume jewelry is a popular collectible. Here are marks used by some costume jewelry makers. Dates shown are the years the company was in business.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Taylor Chair Company

    The Taylor Chair Company was in business in Bedford, Ohio, and was run by the same family for over 90 years. Here are some of the marks found on Taylor chairs.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Metalworkers

    Arts & Crafts metalsmiths worked in copper, brass, bronze, silver, and aluminum. Here are marks of some the makers who worked in the U.S.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Coverlets

    The corner blocks of the coverlets often contain the maker’s name or trademark, the place it was made, the year, and the name of the person the coverlet was made for. Corner blocks are in the bottom right corner of the coverlet. Here are some maker’s corner blocks.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Stickley Furniture

    The five Stickley brothers worked at their uncle’s furniture factory in Brandt, Pennsylvania, in the 1870s. Later they founded their own furniture companies, working in various partnerships. Marks shown were used by some of the Stickley companies.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Conjoined Marks

    Marks including two or more entwined letters can be hard to identify. The entwined marks shown here were used by German porcelain manufacturers.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • American Silver

    Sterling silver became readily available after the Comstock silver lode was discovered in Virginia City, Nev., in 1859. Hundreds of silver flatware patterns were made by American manufacturers in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Here are some popular makers.

     

     

     

     

     

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