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Rare foundry


#1

I recently found a set of sterling salt and pepper shakers from a foundry in Anniston, AL; Rudisill Foundry. I am wondering if it makes the sterling more valuable if from a small, little known foundry or not, and if anyone has ever heard of this maker. All I have found out is that the owner of the foundry lived from 1859 - 1941, so antique. They actually have a simple arts and crafts style. Does it matter where made if not famous?
Thanks, Jere


#2

Hi there and thanks for joining us. None of my books show that maker, but there are a lot of obscure small makers that slip through the cracks. Generally speaking there is very little “rare” American silver, with a few exceptions such as The Kalo Shop in Chicago. Small items such as yours have a fairly generic value as sterling.

Regards,

Uncle Vic


#3

Thanks for the information Uncle Vic, nice to know! If you know this, am curious about an incident that happened a year or so ago. A spoon from Huntsville, AL sold for either hundreds or over a thousand. I don’t know if it was made in Huntsville, or just from Huntsville, but it had the name on it. Do you have any idea why? Thanks again!


#4

Sorry, no info on that spoon or any Huntsville spoons.

Regards,

Uncle Vic


#5

These shakers, made to look like foundry stacks, were given to Rudisill foundry employees for Christmas 1953. Sets are occasionally seen on ebay and other auction sites.

As a side note, Kalo is hardly considered a “rare” maker.


#6

Jerehenry,
I may be interested in buying your salt and pepper shakers from the Rudisill foundry. How much would you want for it?