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Hi all. I have two little 1/12 scale sterling lanterns. They were purchased at some point between 1982-1983, and I believe were part of a line of miniatures commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum in the late 70’s early ‘80’s that were based on American(?) pieces, probably for sale in the museum shop. Based on information from another miniature collector I think the silversmith was maybe Obadiah Fisher. This collector was certain that Obadiah Fisher had done miniatures for the MMA and had signed them “MMA” as opposed to his usual makers mark of OF with each letter enclosed in a box. What I do know for sure is that Obadiah Fisher was commissioned in 1977 by the MMA to do wax models of Egyptian jewelry for the King Tut show. So it seems possible he could have worked with the MMA on these lanterns? Mostly what I am interested in is in tracking down who the actual artisan is who made the lanterns, and what period piece (if any) they are copied from. Of course, another possibility is that the artisan did the original wax models and the MMA just cast the miniature pieces as needed for sale in the shop. And likely miniature pieces like this didn’t turn over real quickly. Anyway, any help and/or ideas in this endeavor would be deeply appreciated! I am hoping that I can post the pictures, I have never tried posting before. Thanks so much for any insights.
Hi, My name is Alberto and I am the founder of Silverissimo, a family business run by few people. It all started as a hobby once I was sacked after 8 years because my manager discovered I was going to adopt another child with my partner, ergo, being entitled of a 12 months adoption leave. As disappointed as I was I started this project and...well, here we are! (just in case, if you want to have a look at it, it is about solid silver miniatures www.silverissimo.co.uk ). I think this forum can help me to understand terminologies (I am not a native English speaker) about this "magic" world of the miniatures. Always happy to learn! Ciao! Alby
I am busy planning a day in Amsterdam visiting some house museums on my way to Tune in July when I discovered that the one museum I plan on visiting is having an exhibition of antique miniature silver until 31 August this year, they are not exactly made to any specific scale as far as I know but are still beautiful little pieces. http://www.willetholthuysen.nl/en/silver-miniatures I actually found a dutch miniature piece a few years ago at an antique fair here in Johannesburg and bought it for my dollhouse, a little violin player, the only photo I could find in a hurry is this one, LOL, I used it to keep down a scrap piece of wood while I was working on my first sewing tables.