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Object Name: Partial creamer
Date: ca. 1900
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Medium: Copper
Dimensions: Overall: 3 1/8 x 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (7.9 x 8.9 x 6.4 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Bernard Bernstein
Object Number: 2012.23.3
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Adalbert Emil Herrman Nordbrock was a New York City silversmith active during the first half of the twentieth century. Nordbrock was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1885. He settled in the New York area and lived there and in New Jersey during his lifetime. As evidenced by his surviving certificate, Nordbrock completed a five-year apprenticeship with Tiffany & Co. at the firm's Prince Street Works factory in June 1893. Six years later he married Johanna Fischer (1880-before 1940), also a German immigrant. The couple settled initially in the Bronx and then relocated to Newark, New Jersey, where they lived with Fischer's family. With Manhattan's silver industry in decline and Newark's on the rise, the move was probably motivated by the availability of work. This partial creamer illustrates construction techniques, but also may have been a pattern for an underbody used in silver-plating.