Ice-cream ScoopsBy Mark Chervenka
Sorry, no tutti-frutti. How about sterling silver?
A mail order firm sold this item as a "sterling ice cream server." The catalog copy said it was "antique sterling silver." What the catalog didn't say was that it was made from an ordinary butter knife with the blade removed and a stainless steel scoop added. Price was $79. Don't be misled by old sterling hallmarks. Wayne Smith, author of Ice Cream Dippers, says there never were any old scoops made like this.
New cameo glass marked Galle (TIP)
In February 1994, ACRN reported on a new series of lamps made of high quality cameo glass with Galle marks. The new lamps are made in Romania. In additional to the raised "Galle" mark, each piece carries a secondary mark, "TIP" which is the Romanian word for "type."
In other words, "TIP" with "GALLE" means "Galle type." The importer said that TIP is included on the pieces to prevent any legal complications with a European group which claims the rights to the Galle name. The location of the TIP mark varies; some are close to the Galle, other marks are tucked away in parts of the design or pattern such as tree branches.
The dragonfly lamp shown here has an amber/ yellow background and true overlays in two colors: a green middle ground and a purple top layer. The work is as good as original French cameo factory production pieces made after WWI.
Be alert for new cameo in which the TIP has been ground off leaving only the Galle mark.