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by AG2012
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Small bowl with markings that I can't match
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: Small bowl with markings that I can't match

Hi,
Looks like Hanau pseudo marks, late 19th or early 20th century.
Regards
by AG2012
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: pepperpots - look middle eastern
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: pepperpots - look middle eastern

Hi, No way they used different alloy on the same piece.Even industrial, serious X ray fluorescence is complicated and calculation of the average relative uncertainty is sometimes 2.5 %. Commercially offered analysers never offer margin of error data. At least good to know it`s solid silver close to ...
by AG2012
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Help Identifying Augsburg Hanau Silver Dish
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Help Identifying Augsburg Hanau Silver Dish

Hi,
Definitively Hanau.The only swan mark I recall was used by Johann S Kurz & Co but their swan is usually with initials.On the other hand, they were in business for 100 years, probably the mark had significant variations.
Regards
by AG2012
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: European brooch hallmark help?
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: European brooch hallmark help?

Hi,
Sharp anchor and shape of the mark could be Birmingham 1887, no duty mark, no maker^s mark.
Regards
by AG2012
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: Dutch Silver
Topic: I have No Idea What This Is Or Who Made It
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: I have No Idea What This Is Or Who Made It

Yes, the hook is puzzling in regard of chatelaine.
I recall a forum member from Denmark (I think) asked about the function of similar item and then explained it was for embroidery girls worked on and kept them on hook attached to the belt whenever they needed to go around.
Regards
by AG2012
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Dutch Silver
Topic: Medieval Silver Folding Spoon?
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Re: Medieval Silver Folding Spoon?

Hi, I suggest to have it electronically tested. If very old, the alloy will contain a spectrum of other metals, particularly gold in very small quantity,because before the invention of Miller process, and electrolysis using the Wohlwill process, it was extremely difficult to separate silver from gol...
by AG2012
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: pepperpots - look middle eastern
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: pepperpots - look middle eastern

Hi, Yes, they are solid silver. There are many silver standards (fineness) of silver alloys. See here: https://www.925-1000.com/a_Standards.html Contrary to solid silver, silver plated items are made of non-precious base metal and covered with microscopically thin layer of silver, but that`s another...
by AG2012
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: pepperpots - look middle eastern
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: pepperpots - look middle eastern

Hi,
Lion with sabre with single line around was used 1967-1979 for silver purity .840, double line around lion for .900.
This is the mark of Barakoosh workshops in Isfahan during the reign of the last Shah.
Regards
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by AG2012
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: pepperpots - look middle eastern
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: pepperpots - look middle eastern

Cheryl is right. Persian 84 related to Russian Zolotniki is a myth.The standard was probably used in northern part of iran during Russian - British division of the country for a short time, but that ended 100 years ago.Later production in .840 fineness is marked as such, e.g. "Made in Iran, 84 ...
by AG2012
Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: Russian marks. I.
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Russian marks. I.

Hi, Ivan Semenovich Gubkin Иван Семенович Губкин Neither the place nor the date of birth is known. There are only some data on his production. Merchant Ivan Semenovich Gubkin in 1841 opened a Moscow jewelry and factory. Initially, it employed 30 workers. In 1852, he invited I. Bortnikov, a Russian o...
by AG2012
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:40 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Blackinton boot but not a corkscrew. No idea what it is!
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: Blackinton boot but not a corkscrew. No idea what it is!

Hi,
As Cheryl said it was a corkscrew opener (pattern number 738).
Regards
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by AG2012
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Which country?
Replies: 5
Views: 216

Re: Which country?

Hi,
The mark on the left looks looks like the coat of arms of Madrid (a bear and a tree).
Regards
by AG2012
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Dutch Silver
Topic: Unknown marks on spoon
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Unknown marks on spoon

Date letter in Gothic is certainly within the range of second half to late 19th century sequence of date letters.
Regards
by AG2012
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Dutch Silver
Topic: Unknown marks on spoon
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Unknown marks on spoon

Hi,
Those are Dutch marks, from left to right:
Maker's mark VK for J.M. Van Kempen & Son.Mark for big articles: Passant lion and number 2 (silver fineness .833) in hexagon,the Minerva head is the duty mark. Letter (cannot decipher) is date mark.
Regards
by AG2012
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Who is the maker and what was it for?
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Who is the maker and what was it for?

Not necessarily pinched,compare with e.g Chinese snuff bottles. The usual place for snuff was between two extensor tendons at the base of the thumb,thus the origin of the name anatomical snuff box. Snuff was placed there either by two fingers (pinch), poured in or even a small spoon was used. Regards
by AG2012
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Can anyone ID the maker of older ornate 835 Silver Bracelet?
Replies: 1
Views: 111

Re: Can anyone ID the maker of older ornate 835 Silver Bracelet?

Hi, Those are Swedish import marks. From 1812 to 1988 foreign silver imported into Sweden is marked with the three crowns into an oval frame. The mark with the letter "S" into a hexagonal frame indicates the minimum silver standard of .800. The bracelet is most probably early 20th century ...
by AG2012
Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Who is the maker and what was it for?
Replies: 4
Views: 162

Re: Who is the maker and what was it for?

Hi,
At that dimensions it is a snuff box.
Regards
by AG2012
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Silver Trinket Box
Replies: 1
Views: 260

Re: Silver Trinket Box

Hi,
Not French.
Looks like Chinese character.
Test it for silver.

Regards
by AG2012
Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: George Jensen Spoon Purpose Sought
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: George Jensen Spoon Purpose Sought

HI; Georg Jensen Parallel or Relief pattern;also called Relief # 25 pattern.This serving set ( 22 cm) has rare additional circular "wings" midway up the handle.Most of the smaller items have no "wings", a few of the larger serving items have scroll "wings" , the circula...
by AG2012
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Silver from Iran?
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: Silver from Iran?

If low content silver,then obviously not correlated to old Russian 84 standard (.875) and not legislated.
Worth testing.

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