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Author Topic: How many Franklin Mint Great Leaders sulphides were made?  (Read 4511 times)

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Offline aa

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How many Franklin Mint Great Leaders sulphides were made?
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2006, 09:56:05 PM »
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If my maths are correct, 6,800 units over three years, where a "working year" = 240 days, means a production rate of under 10 units per day. Not such a tall order as it may seem, particularly if they had, say, a 300-day "working year".

....and the thing about sulphides is that they didn't take up the lamp-workers' time, only the dome-makers.
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How many Franklin Mint Great Leaders sulphides were made?
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2006, 12:02:49 AM »
... yes, although there is also the cutting of good quality facets to take account of  :)

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How many Franklin Mint Great Leaders sulphides were made?
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2006, 12:13:44 PM »
From "A History of Baccarat Modern Paperweights":

" The story of contemporary Baccarat sulphide paperweights would not be complete, however, if we failed to mention the weights which Baccarat was commissioned to make for the Franklin Mint:

 The first series, commissioned through us, Baccarat, Inc., in conjuction with Paul Jokelson, President of the Paperweights Collectors' Association of America, was made to commemorate men whose writings or actions made the American Revolution possible. Five Frenchmen were selected by the Franklin Mint, to be made by Baccarat: Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Louis XVI, LaFayette and Admiral de Grasse. As a counterpart, Crtal d'Albret in France, represented in the USA by Paul Jokelson, made the following five American subjects for Franklin Mint: Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, John Paul Jones and John Adams.

 A second seriesby the Franklin Mint, representing historical world leaders: Julius Ceaser, Alexander the Great,, etc. was contracted for directly with Cristallaries de Baccarat in Paris and is currently in production. ( December 1977)

 There is a difference, however, in lightness and aspect between the weights made for the Franklin Mint and our own Baccarat weights. The latter are a little smaller and as, pointed out earlier the sulphide in them, always made by a noted French sculptor, is floating inside the weight instead of lying directly on the colored background, as it does in the Franklin Mint weights. This makes it possible also to cut a clear star in the colored background, which thus adds to the general lightness of the weight."

 No mention of the production numbers, though!

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