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Help! Identify Durgin flatware pattern

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gc.sf




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Posted: 31/07/2010 
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I recently acquired a Durgin flatware set. I am unable to identify the pattern. Can you help.

The set was retailed by Palmer Bachelder & Co of Boston, Mass. (1864-1884).
The set is marked with the early Durgin mark.

There are several patterns that are not illustrated in the Jewelers' Circular and other online sources. (Bridal, 1870; Cheltenham, 1870; Olive, 1870; Athenian, 1876)

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Palmer Bachelder & Co Boston 1864-1884 and  Durgin mark-sf.jpg


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uncle vic
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Posted: 01/08/2010 
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Hi there and thanks for joining us. Phil Dreis' excellent work, "Sterling Silver Flatware" 2d ed. shows that as Durgin's "Bead" pattern of 1893. The example Phil illustrates has a couple of slight variations from yours, but appears basically the same.

Very nice photo work BTW, makes it a pleasure to research!

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Uncle Vic
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gc.sf




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Posted: 03/08/2010 
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Thanks, I appreciate you input. I'm not quite sure, however, that "Bead" is the pattern.

"Bead" is a 1893 pattern and is too different from the flatware in question.

The flatware in question was retailed by a firm that was in business from 1864-1884.

I don't understand how an 1893 pattern could have been retailed between 1864-1884.
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uncle vic
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Posted: 03/08/2010 
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Good point.....I considered that, and of the 37 Durgin patterns that Phil shows in his book, the Bead is the only one that is a fair match. And the date Phil shows is probably the patent date. It is possible that Durgin used the pattern for years prior to applying for a patent on it, or that the patent process took years to complete.

Perhaps some of our readers can help with the mystery?

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Uncle Vic
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