Identify Object with Sterling Corners, Backwards N

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dboardman
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Identify Object with Sterling Corners, Backwards N

Postby dboardman » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:59 pm

I have this object that I can't identify. The corners are beautiful and marked Sterling, but the N is backwards. Does anyone have any ideas or info on this object? My best guess is a deskpad sample. There are no pockets, just flat leather and flat cloth on the inside.

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Re: Identify Object with Sterling Corners, Backwards N

Postby Traintime » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:15 am

The spine seems to indicate it should enclose something. But Grandma's photo-I think not. So...Wine list? 2 cards-one for red, one for white. No prices..."free to those who can afford it, very expensive to those who can't". If this doesn't make sense, consult Withnail & I's "accidental" vacation to Penrith in 1969.."The finest wines available to mankind. We want them here, and we want them now!" Or else, the dreaded jukebox.

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Re: Identify Object with Sterling Corners, Backwards N

Postby dboardman » Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:38 am

That's an interesting guess Traintime, but I didn't include the measurements. 4 1/8" by 3" open. Wine list or menu holder "sample"???

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Re: Identify Object with Sterling Corners, Backwards N

Postby dognose » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:10 pm

Hi,

Welcome to the Forum.

Looks like an aide-memoire, a kind of notebook where you would slip a piece of paper under the four corners. They were often used for ladies dance-cards etc.. Earlier versions of similar devices were known as 'ballspendes' or 'court plasters', these earlier pieces used ivory panels instead of paper.

Trev.

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Re: Identify Object with Sterling Corners, Backwards N

Postby dboardman » Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:27 pm

Thanks to the both of you! Does the backwards "N" in the word sterling suggest a time or maker to you?

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Re: Identify Object with Sterling Corners, Backwards N

Postby dognose » Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:56 pm

To me, it's the sort of thing that may have made by Unger Brothers.

See: viewtopic.php?f=38&t=46899&hilit=unger

It would be good to see the thoughts of others.

Trev.


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