"Here is a piece that sold on ebay with the same decoration: ebay
The stock number on that one is close to yours (1230), so from the same set. Decoration is not hand-done; stamped into the metal before being electroplated. This Dutch farm stuff was…"
"My impression is that this is silver-plated, and not silver - mainly because of the handles and high spots of grape decoration. These are the high spots which would show the most wear, where the thin layer of silver electroplate shows through…"
"Well, I'm highly skeptical and I've handled a lot of silver. If it was a silver bar, then it would be marked with a purity mark (percentage). Furthermore, there are apparently a lot of these Babbitt metal bars floating around; check out…"
"It's marked Syracuse, not Syracose. I think Michael established that this is bearing metal, mostly made of tin. Don't think it is worth paying for an assay. Babbitt metal used to be used for bearings, but nowadays I think the best use is…"
"Antique saddles are a very specialized field and you are best off finding a place where they know a lot about them. For example you could contact the guy that runs the following site (where they sell reproduction military saddles) and see if he or…"
"Assuming these weren't produced commercially (in which case they would likely be marked), these are most likely a craft item from some unknown craftsperson, produced by someone with the powdered enamel paints and a small oven to cook them in.…"
"Does either side of your family have a last name ending with G? If so, then this used to belong to cousin NCG. NCG on front would have been initials of the first owner, personalized. I would guess some company other than Lane, since Lane marked…"
"Maybe "Hand Blocked". Fabric has been and is still done this way in India, inking up a wooden block and pressing it on plain fabric. You sometimes see the old wooden pattern blocks imported to this country as decoration. Something labelled…"
"Wait, you two guys (Michael and Stuart) have an identical piece of furniture like this? That is nuts! And makes it more likely that it is a more recent piece. What countries are the two of you in? Can either of you take a picture of the drawer…"
I hear ya about figuring all this stuff out :) I sent you a friend request and think we need to be friends LoL so I can send you a message :) I would love to chat with you about this plate and what I'm learning :) All the best!
A very big welcome to our terrific site, we hope that you get involved in many of our groups, and post some photos of your collection(s) etc with the information on yourself already on your page. When you get comfortable here please would you add an avatar picture and feel free to customize your profile page, to make it more you (easy templates provided)
Then you can start exploring the site and join as many groups as you like, let us know your interests and we can point you in the right direction as to which groups to join, if you only want specific topics. Invite some friends from the group, this is very easy and we have such a great group of people, write an article or make an announcement on our http://iantiqueonline.ning.com/forum (found on the main page) or post in any of the specialty group forums. Be sure to visit Whadja Find (tell others what you found remember to read how to post the photo’s correctly not links and add a detailed description to enable the others to give help easier). Visit the Sell My Antiques Group (where you can sell antiques, collectibles, art etc, should you wish to sell an item) By the way....each group has its own forum and also a comment wall (like a bulletin board). Forums help keep the threads (topics) organized. You are always welcome to start a new forum in any group. The Main forum is for general announcements for the whole community. If you need further help click on the Help Desk button at the top of your page. This feature provides answers to frequently asked questions and other tips, suggestions and information. Should you get stuck on technical matters or need to report an issue use the "Report an Issue" button on the very bottom of your page. Please tell your friends not already on the site about us. You can invite new members by clicking on the invite button on the top of you page,
Enjoy, make friends and look forward to your discussions and posts.
C. Dianne ZweigKathyPark Editor-In-Chief Co-Founder Welcome Centre Team Leader Dianne@cdiannezweig.com