From Steve on Steins visitor Marcia:
“Subject: copper pass cup
I inherited a copper pass cup with some almost indecipherable signatures (one appears to be “Adams”) and marks including what looks like a lantern. It has a tin lined bottom. It is solid copper- very heavy with soldered not riveted handles and I think it is about 200 years old. Who would I contact for more information
Anything you can do to help me figure out what this is. It came from a house in Ellsworth Me.built in 1822 that my parents bought and restored in 1974. My brother took this from the house when my father died and when he died last year his widow gave it to me. The “story” my father told my brother was that it was made by a coppersmith who worked on shipbuilding for Nahum Smith who built the house and was a “mariner”.”
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From Steve On Steins visitor Bruce:
“Subject: Drinking horns
I have a drinking horn in the same shape and about the size of the one you have a in the picture the stag is replaced by a fish and the date on the stand is 1889
I believe is from either Denmark or Norway
I know you do not do appraisals but if you can direct me to someone that can tell me more
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From Steve On Steins visitor Marie…
“Subject: Stein inherited
Hi! Love your site and knowledge.
I have a clear glass stein with pewter lid that appears to be hand etched due to small differences in symmetry. It has no marks at all but seems to have an ornate “K” with perhaps a “J” etched as a monogram.
Any idea where or when this was made? My aunt traveled throughout Europe in the early 20th century.”
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From Steve On Steins visitor Patty…
“Subject: Great grandfathers pewter baby “mug”
My mom has a very pretty pewter baby mug from at least my great grandfather ( born circa 1888). It has his initials engraved, what appears to be a stamped design of a bowl with plants and flowers. There is a “1” stamped into the bottom. We are wondering if this was his father’s or earlier. Also, what does the “1” mean? Thank you!”
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