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Silver2220 of 2508Sterling hallmarked salt with cobalt linerCandle Sticks crystal/sterling overlay
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Posted 7 years ago

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I have little information on this piece. Hallmarked EPNS ( so it is Nickel Silver or plated) - Does anyone know country of Origin? An old price tag has, (Scottish?) written on it. What is this item??

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  1. Pop_abides Pop_abides, 7 years ago
    Electro-Plaated-Nickel-Silver, Looks like a place for sewing needles.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
    A hat pin stand with Scottish motifs of thistles.
  3. wolcott1 wolcott1, 7 years ago
    I like this! I wish I had one, as I have several hat and stick pins which would go nicely with it :))
  4. Mysticshore Mysticshore, 7 years ago
    Thank you for the posts :).

    Vertra - Every bit of information helps. I will go in the hat pin direction. Most of the hat pin stands seem to be tall, and vase shaped. I will keep researching.

    Thank you Wolcott1 - I will have to see if you have some of you hat pins posted.
  5. wolcott1 wolcott1, 7 years ago
    Mystic, I have mostly stick pins...
    Just a thought- maybe this is just a fancy pin cushion for sewing? or did you already eliminate that idea? Vetraio is a great source though:) have you seen them before Vetraio?
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
    Hi again. I've seen a few over the years, but they are not sommon in metal. You see more of the pottery, porcelain type. The front page of this book has some different examples:

    I've got an idea this one is made by I & I Waterhouse of Sheffield in England:

    If you google "scottish hat pin holders" you will see a few more. But this one is definitely nicer with those thistles. The pins are light and so fit into the holders and wont topple over the stand. I think it will be weighted as well. Even though this one is EPNS it would be very desirable. It certainly puts my old wooden one to shame. A sterling example would be heaven!
  7. wolcott1 wolcott1, 7 years ago
    Uhoh, I'm going to start looking for hat pin holders now! Mystic, yours is lovely and Vetraio, the examples you found are are charming. Maybe I'll start with a ceramic one since they seem to be easier to come by. Thanks for posting!
  8. Mysticshore Mysticshore, 7 years ago
    THANK YOU :). I really appreciate all of your help, and links! I am so busy at work, and I am trying to set up my ArtFire store. So much research. I really appreciate everything. Now, I really want to go and see what you have found.
  9. Mysticshore Mysticshore, 7 years ago
    Thank you Bellin. :)

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