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Bookmark-Buzz Extra: Gifts And Purchases

April 1, 2012

The generosity of friends is amazing! Since discovering my bookmark collection  many have come forth with all kinds of bookmarks. All are very nice but some are superb. Of course the hunt for treasures in antique shops is exciting. Online auctions are fun but less exciting than a “find” in a shop. Here are a few recent gifts, shop discoveries and auction wins.

This first one is a recent gift from a lovely lady J.S.

Long open blade bookmark marked “Vatican Library collection”.

This piece measures 3 In. X  1 1/2 In. It consists of two castings the blade and the main medallion. The central white metal portion  with the image of a chalice may be a third casting. The blade is deeply textured and the main medallion is filigreed. The cross at the top has been surrounded by red enamel.

This next bookmark was found in an “antique” shop.

Sterling Silver, Long, open bookmark with a makers mark of F&B.

This pseudo sword measures3 1/2 In. long and 3/4 In. wide. It was made in two parts a stamped image of the hilt and what appears to be a cast blade with some filigree on the secondary blade. The marks are strong on the back upper part of the Blade.

Here is an internet purchase that was so alike a bookmark I have had for at least 30 years I had to have it.

Metal bookmark with long, open blade beside it’s sterling Grandfather.

Size and decorative appearance are the same.  They are both 2 1/2 In. X 1 In.  The back view will reveal the difference.

The New piece is a stamped, thin material marked Kirk Stieff with a bird symbol around the initials EP which I believe means electro plate. As you can see the older bookmark is marked S. Kirk and Son and it’s full thickness shows that it was probably formed from a casting. I do not know the nature of the metal or plating of the first one but the patina of the older one shouts sterling silver.

Two other interesting purchases from the auctions have enlarged my ribbon collection.

Machine printed silk ribbon with  Holiday greeting.

At 9 3/4 in X 3 1/2 In. this is a quite large for a printed ribbon bookmark. The message:” May the joy of Christmas be yours”. The fineness of the printing and careful color distribution was quite a feat on such a material. I would like to know the process. Probable date is in the late 1800s.

Woven Silk Bookmark by Thomas Stevens.

I was amazed to be the winner of this bookmark in superb condition at the price I offered. Sometimes we can just be lucky! This one time popular song was written by Eliza Cook. Besides the T. Stevens mark it also includes a Registry of Design Mark which dates this ribbons registration to May 4, 1871. This item measures 10 In X 2 In. plus a 2 In. tassel.

Bone and ivory will be next.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2012 1:56 am

    The usual beautiful photography of wonderful exemplars … isn’t it nice to have good ‘antique’ shops and better friends?

    • April 1, 2012 3:28 am

      Thanks for the reply! The photography set up is still a bit crude but I’m improving it with each series. Friends have been so wonderful. It’s almost embarrassing to have so many offers of really nice pieces. I feel a special value to the gifts. Still, the real thrill is rooting in the shops and finding some little gem!

  2. April 1, 2012 6:02 pm

    I just love the look of the second bookmark in sterling silver which you called a pseudo sword.

  3. April 3, 2012 8:31 pm

    I like your fantastic web site, I was searching for this all over.
    best regards

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