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“Hidden” Messages on Flatware
Figures 4, 4a, 5, 5a, and 6

 

Figs. 4 and 4a. Small ice spoon in Reed & Barton’s La Marquise pattern.  “CRACKED ICE” inscribed within the pierced bowl.  Stamped on the stem reverse with “(eagle) R (lion) / STERLING / 2.”  Engraved on handle front with “C” and on the reverse with “Oct 29th 1903.”  Length 7 3/8 inches.

Figs. 5 and 5a. Large ice spoon in Reed & Barton’s La Reine pattern, introduced 1893. “CRACKED ICE” inscribed within the pierced bowl.  Stamped on the stem reverse with “(eagle) R (lion) / STERLING / 3 / BIGELOW, KENNARD & CO.”  Length 8 7/8 inches.

Custom flatware made for J. P. Morgan’s yacht, likely the CORSAIR III
Fig. 6 (Click to Enlarge)

Figs. 6. Custom flatware made for J. P. Morgan’s yacht, likely the CORSAIR III.  Top: all-silver butter spreader with openwork handle spelling out “CORSAIR,” stamped on blade front with “JPM” monogram.  No maker’s mark, but attributed to Marcus & Co. of New York.  Length 5 3/4 inches.  Bottom left: bouillon spoon with tip formed as openwork monogram “JPM”; marked “MARCUS & CO.”  Bottom center: ramekin (or terrapin?) fork with tip formed as openwork monogram “JMP” and handle with applied “CORSAIR.”  Bottom right: teaspoon with handle cast as back-to-back dolphins ending in a “JPM” monogram.  Markings and lengths of fork and teaspoon not available; attributed to Howard & Company of New York.  The crescent and star forming the functional end of the fork and the tip of the teaspoon were the emblems on the signal flag of Morgan’s yacht.  Photo courtesy of Sotheby’s, New York.

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