Thursday, March 29, 2012

Continental Silver Catalog

Today is a day of experimenting. Three pages from a 1950-51 catalog have been scanned successfully. The next step is to transfer here.

Scanning was reasonably quick and easy––transferring to this post was a slow process. Is it clear enough to be of help? Are the numbers and name of each item readable? You're the judge. A page can be posted occasionally, if you wish.

Whether there were later catalogues is not known. This one includes a line of chrome-plate in addition to the aluminum line. The chrome-plate is rather plain.

It was interesting to note that in the introductory letter of the catalog, their "Silverlook" finish was described as being easily cleaned with "soap and brillo". The "Brillantone" line was described as having "a high polish.....and easily cleaned with any metal polish.

Your comments are needed and always welcome.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mail Bag

      We may never have a record of all the motifs used by those companies of long-ago, and possibly, not even a list of all the companies themselves. For the latter, a collector dedicated to this research has done a lenghy list of these, together with the styles they used. That's something to share another today.
      A record of motifs is the ongoing project for the Aluminist, but first it's time to catch up on on our mail.
Photos of several previously unknown (at least to me), arrived this month. Have you seen these?

candlebra #380
Closer view of motif on
both inside and out of
ring and on 'feet'.
This candlebra is 12" tall and has candle cups that are distinctly in the Palmer-Smith style.  We've seen this Stars motif on several pieces - but not near as often as his other motifs.

candlebra #375

Continental condiment set
Another photo is of an Everlast piece and was described as a candle holder.

For any Contental lover, this would be a great addition to their collection.With its wrapped handle and tiny spoons, it is a piece to be proud of. Its number was not given.

The Continental catalog is not yet scanned and may never be. But I have hope! My copy is a copy of a collector's orriginal and was made many years ago. Over the years, reproductions have been used by many HACA members, and although they were far from being good quality, have helped identiy the purpose of many puzzling items, shown what complete sets consisted of, and helped to identify indistenct numbers on existing pieces.

Several Collectors' questions were saved for this post but computer problems have them temporily hidden somewhere in that place the system buries the things I need. This little laptop seems to have had a major computerquake - something near 6.5 magnitude following a couple of months of minor disturbances.

Maybe in a few more weeks I'll be adjusting to to foibles of a new laptop.