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The "Gazelle Gazette" is a Carder Steuben Club Newsletter that is initially delivered as an email and is maintained by Alan Shovers. This section provides an archive of the Gazelle Gazette Newsletter postings. If you would like to submit a Newsletter posting or have your email address added to Alan's address list, please email it to Alan Shovers.

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Sterling Silver Deposit Wares - Continued

Posting Number 2880   Date: 01/30/18     Return to Posting List

Really interesting! Thanks!


Beth Jacques


from Willson Craigie

Dear Alan,

Very few are aware of the fact that Frederick Carder knew Joseph Fahys of Sag Harbor, NY. Fahys Long Island company was the premier maker of Silver and Gold watch cases in the US. Mr. Fahys assisted more than 100 Polish & Hungarian Jewish families emigrate to the USthe very best engravers of Eastern Europe at the time.

In 1889, a company Fahys bought, The Alvin Silver Company, began decorating glass objects with a relatively new process : depositing sterling silver onto glass using electrolysis. These products were termed Sterling Silver Deposit Wares and included vases, puff boxes, decanters, bowls, ewers, etc., etc.

In 1903, Mr. Fahys and Frederick Carder began a 9-11 year business relationship. Steuben made blanks for The Alvin Company, their combination produced the very finest US examples of Sterling Silver Deposit. Because of the rising cost of silver and rumblings of the upcoming WW1, thick silver deposit faded into obscurity and was followed by cheaper methods of decorating (the use of stencils, adhesives, etc.) incorporating far smaller amounts of silver. Production of sterling silver deposit using this electrolysis method came to an end by 1912.

Following are some initial photos of Carder Steuben glass and Alvin Silver Co. sterling. In each case, Alvin did the engraving. Time period: 1903-1912.

Steuben Glass #1042 13 tall

Alvin Silver Co. #4023-2

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Steuben Glass #1239 17 tall

Alvin Silver Co. #4020-2

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Steuben Glass #1063 6 1/4 tall

Alvin Silver # 20C

Click to view image one: Silver4.jpeg
Click to view image two: Silver5.jpeg
Click to view image three: Silver6.jpeg

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