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      Great News for miniature artists!!!! In support of IGMA and the world of fine miniatures,  Micro-Mark the small tool specialists, have offered IGMA a 10% discount on all their purchases.  Buyer gets 10% off all purchases and in support of the Guild Micro-Mark will donate 5% of your purchased price to IGMA Be sure to enter Promo code IGMASAVE16 www.micromark.com Can be used on sale merchandise, but cannot be combined with another offer.  For example if an item is in the close-out section on the Micromark website, the discount will apply. If they discount some items in an email (a special promotion) the 10% will not be able to be combined with that offer.  Time to go shopping!!!      

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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.

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