So I'm cruising through my usual thrift store and this carving set is still there after about three months. OK, maybe they're junk but I've looked at em a dozen times before and I'm thoroughly convinced this is genuine stag or antler. I'm ashamed to post what I paid cause y'all will think "what a cheap ass!!!"
Anyway I decided to buy them and bring em home. A little clean up and "Sterling" appears under some grunge. I'm thinking "cool....not a total loss." then I send a few pics to a friend in Taos and he thinks that they are Paul Revere originals...."NO WAY!!!!" He says the double scrolls with the acanthus in between was a common Revere pattern and that lots of Revere work was not marked due to name exploitation and direct copying...."SO that means they could be original or copies"..."yup" he says "but either way these are big bucks."
Anyone here familiar with Revere work? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
THANKS in advance,