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I have obtained an old pairpoint pitcher/water jug. It is clearly marked Pairpoint and has the number 1805. It is similar in style to some of the hanging pitcher sets that I have seen from the 1880's but I have not been able to track down any references or photos of the 1805 pitcher. I am wondering if it is rare and what it's value might be. It is almost black in color from lack of cleaning and is a really cool piece. Anyway, any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Hello.

I don't have any information on this specific model number.

The company bearing the name of Thomas J. Pairpoint was founded in 1880. Pairpoint had worked for Gorham and other silver manufacturers. He left the company in 1885 for unknown reasons but the company continued to operate. There is documentation available that says the company suspended silver operations in 1929 and did not restart them.

T. J. Pairpoint was known for introducing art into the design of silver pieces, creating pieces with intricate designs. I believe all the company's wares were made of silver plate.

I could not find many sales of pieces from Pairpoint. There were some recent sales of pitchers on eBay that sold in the range of $30 to $130. The price was highly dependent on the specific design. All seemed to be in good condition with intact plating. You could try a mild silver polish on your piece to see if the "black" is just tarnish. If some spots remain black, it could be that the plating has worn off.

Sorry I could not find your specific model.

Best wishes,

Jim

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

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BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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