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From a list of personal possessions for which Margaret "Ritchie" Scaife is suing her husband, Richard Mellon Scaife. The suit, filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court on June 12 and first reported in the July 26 City Paper, pits the publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review against his second wife, whose lawyer says she will soon be seeking a divorce.

 

 

~ a yellow Labrador retriever known as Beauregard. The last-known location for this dog was 717 Amberson Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15232. Beauregard was owned by the Plaintiff, and was in the possession and custody of the Plaintiff when he was unlawfully removed from the Plaintiff's possession and control. Beauregard is invaluable.

 

~ a Washington Augustus Roebling silver-gilt flatware service manufactured by Gorham, pattern "Violet," each piece engraved "Roebling," comprised of the following components: 35 dinner knives @$200; 24 luncheon knives @$150; 23 breakfast knives @$125; 36 game knives @$125; 33 fish knives (silver blades) @$250; 36 dessert/tea knives (silver blades) @$200; 23 melon forks @$300 ... 36 terrapin forks (small) @$125; 36 terrapin forks (large) @$175; 36 terrapin spoons @$200 ... 36 hot chocolate spoons @$125; 35 grapefruit spoons @$100 ... 2 olive spoons @$225; 2 pickle forks @$175 ... 1 asparagus shovel @$475; 1 crumber @$475 ... 1 sardine fork @$175 ... 1 berry spoon (large, reticulated) @$425 ... The last known location for these items was 5201 Westminster Place, Pittsburgh PA 15232. The estimated cost for the entire Roebling flatware service is $193,800.00.

 

~ a pair of continental dishes, pseudo-French hallmarks, late 19th century (probably German) in the French taste, with ram's head and loose ring side handles, a length of 10-1/4" and weighing 31 ounces total. The last-known location for these items at "Vallamont," 132 Pheasant Circle, Ligonier PA 15658. The estimated cost for the items is $1,500.00

 

~ a Victorian covered entrée dish, Makers: Hands and Son, London, 1874, engraved family crest with motto: "Forte Fortuna Juvat" ["Fortune to the Brave"] having a rat trap finial and rat form feet, and weighing 78 ounces ... The estimated cost for this item is $5,500.00.

 

~ a sterling silver snail, manufactured by Asprey, having a length of 4-1/2 inches. The estimated cost for this item is $500.00.

 

~ a sterling silver miniature footed tureen-form nutmeg grater, no markings, oval shaped with hinged cover and monogrammed with an "M," height of 2-1/4 inches ... The estimated cost for this item is $4,500.00.

 

~ an English creamware melon-form sauce tureen: circa 1819, with reticulated cover, attached to a leaf shaped stand, with green glaze edging against a white glaze ground with three button feet, having a height of 8". The last known location for this item was "Wit's End," 3392 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA 93953. Said item has an approximate value of $10,000.

 

~ a Continental figure of a squirrel; 19th century, polychromed and having a height of 3-1/2" ... Said item has an approximate value of $1,500.

 

~ a pair of English fruit coolers, circa 1810, cornucopia-form and asparagus side handles, with artichoke finial and hand-painted floral motif, orange-basket-weave rim borders, having a height of 11" ... Said items have an approximate value of $22,000.

 

~[[385]] rattan garden furniture, including terrace furniture. The last-known location for these items was Penguin Court, Laughlintown, PA. Said items have an approximate value of $8,000.

 

~[[386]] a French umbrella, being beige canvas with a gold handle. The last-known location for this item was Defendant's plane. Said item has an approximate value of $1,000.00

 

~ personal items belonging to the Plaintiff, including but not limited to cosmetics, clothing, and a magnifying mirror. The last-known location for these items was Defendant's airplane. Said items have an approximate value of $1,500.

 

~ a painting by J. Alden Weir, described as "The Road to Nod." The last-known location for this item was 613 Pitcairn Place, Pittsburgh PA 15232, but it is no longer there. Said item has an approximate value in excess of $300,000.

 

~inventory books listing the contents of all of the Scaife homes. The inventory books were assembled at Mrs. Scaife's direction. The last-known location for these items was 613 Pitcairn Place, Pittsburgh PA 15232, but they are no longer there. Said items have an approximate value of $2,500.00

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