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by Aguest
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Colonial Jug With Perhaps Scottish Connection?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Colonial Jug With Perhaps Scottish Connection?

Could it be from India? I have seen many pieces from India which were very similar to the forms of English silver, they were very good at making objects almost identical to English silver, so why not make the hallmarks almost identical to English silver as well? The "Leopard Head" looks mo...
by Aguest
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Mexican Silversmiths
Topic: Art Deco bowl marked only silver mexico
Replies: 3
Views: 752

Re: Art Deco bowl marked only silver mexico

Yes, this mark is usually sterling silver (92.5% silver) or at least coin silver (90% silver), and I have read that objects which were made before 1948 in Mexico had this hallmark, after 1948 Mexico adopted a "federal eagle" hallmark which consisted of an eagle symbol and a number, but in ...
by Aguest
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: 16C Frankfurt? Full name in Rosenberg?
Replies: 13
Views: 1448

Re: 16C Frankfurt? Full name in Rosenberg?

Could the silver loop at the top once held a chain for a silver "pointer," or a "Yad," which was used during the reading of the prayer book? I would assume the pointer would have bore the same hallmarks as the book, but that is just an assumption.
by Aguest
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:00 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: W.G mark three times
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: W.G mark three times

No luck yet, checked English Colonial and English Provincial, no luck yet, I did find a "George Walker" listed as a Provincial Scotland Silversmith working until 1722, but the initials are reversed and the form seems more like 1740-1760, so I have not found anything yet, but I keep trying,...
by Aguest
Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Charles Thomas Fox and George Fox serving info
Replies: 8
Views: 351

Re: Charles Thomas Fox and George Fox serving info

The design of the spoon is inspired by the labors of Hercules (also see Heracles), and there are a few variations of this myth, but every Spartan warrior claimed to be descended from Hercules (Heracles). "THE LEON NEMEIOS (Nemean Lion) was a large lion whose hide was impervious to weapons,. It ...
by Aguest
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Another Webster Spoon/Lid/Jar Condiment Set
Replies: 4
Views: 839

Re: Another Webster Spoon/Lid/Jar Condiment Set

That makes sense, and it would be easier to make a glass mold with a slightly bulging rim rather than make a sterling silver lid with a notch cut out of it, and you would just have one lid which could fit on a variety of bases, so that explanation makes more sense. And it just looks more elegant tha...
by Aguest
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Strange Utensil - Gorham Lion Anchor G(?) ID help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Strange Utensil - Gorham Lion Anchor G(?) ID help needed

::: Nobody does it better, once again, thank you, this will help both myself and many puzzled people in the future :::
by Aguest
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Strange Utensil - Gorham Lion Anchor G(?) ID help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: Strange Utensil - Gorham Lion Anchor G(?) ID help needed

Just for the record, I have always confused the "Cuticle Manicure Utensil" with the "Ink Scraper" ::: I believe there are sterling silver "Ink Scrapers" during Victorian times when parchment and quill were still used, and if a mistake was made on the parchment, the ink ...
by Aguest
Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Whatever it is...... ..its a good one!!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 537

Re: Whatever it is...... ..its a good one!!!!!

I thought the hallmark looked like a gothic script for "Roi" (which means "King" or "Royal" in French?) and then I found this term "Argent-de-Roy" which refers to the "King's Standard" of French Silver ::: Here is a brief description taken from an au...
by Aguest
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Native American Silver
Topic: Contemporary Hopi (Picto Hallmark)
Replies: 0
Views: 414

Contemporary Hopi (Picto Hallmark)

Possibly a contemporary Hopi bracelet, contains elements of Tufa Cast, mixed metals, amethyst cabochon, possibly a dragonfly or folded corn stalks or other unknown symbolism on the bracelet? The hallmark seems to be the "Leo" Zodiac Sign, which is also a symbol used in the English Import M...
by Aguest
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Cigarette case silversmith ID.
Replies: 31
Views: 703

Re: Cigarette case silversmith ID.

I'm not convinced the stone is a turquoise, perhaps due to the lighting in the pic, but if it is a turquoise cabochon, it is an extremely light-blue color, perhaps a Persian Turquoise, which were mined circa 1900, so it would fit the general time-frame, but I am still not convinced that the cabochon...
by Aguest
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: Unknown CW mark on unknown silver content case
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: Unknown CW mark on unknown silver content case

I found a "C" with a "W" inside from Belgium, with an 835 silver content, but the hallmark is different from this "CW," but also since the name appears to be "Jean," I am leaning towards Belgium. An experienced silver-testing professional could at least tell y...
by Aguest
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Silver corespondence Box? China? Tibet?
Replies: 2
Views: 564

Re: Silver corespondence Box? China? Tibet?

I see them referred to as "Scroll Holders" and this one had a very well-written scroll inside which thanked a worker at the Standard Oil and Vacuum Company for his years of dedicated service to the company, and wishes him well as he retires from the company ::: This one tested for Sterling...
by Aguest
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Colonial American Silver Family Crest
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Colonial American Silver Family Crest

The twisted tusk of the Narwhal:

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Even if I am wrong, at least someone, somewhere, has learned about the Narwhal, and that might make all the difference ___
by Aguest
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Colonial American Silver Family Crest
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Colonial American Silver Family Crest

A friend of mine has a spoon by J&T Dubois (New York) circa 1799, a large serving spoon with the ends clipped in "coffin handle" fashion, and it has an engraving of a large whaling ship and a latin motto ::: Although it is in the general "style" of a family crest, I still do ...
by Aguest
Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Oval Engraved Snuff Box Gilt Interior Hinged Lid
Replies: 12
Views: 754

Re: Oval Engraved Snuff Box Gilt Interior Hinged Lid

There is a remote possibility of identifying the maker, but in truth, the only accurate description at this point would be "Continental Snuff Box" which would indicate that somewhere on the Continent of Europe, this box was manufactured ::: It really could only be described it as a "C...
by Aguest
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Oval Engraved Snuff Box Gilt Interior Hinged Lid
Replies: 12
Views: 754

Re: Oval Engraved Snuff Box Gilt Interior Hinged Lid

__ I get more of a "Belgium" feeling here, with the square cartouche with initials and a tiny symbol above the initials w/ the 800 mark in a square too __
by Aguest
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:56 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Any idea of origin of these spoons?
Replies: 3
Views: 499

Re: Any idea of origin of these spoons?

Of all the 833 candidates, I am most interested in Portugal and it's relationship to Brazil ::: In the late 19th and early 20th century, an almost unbelievable amount of mineral diversity was discovered in Brazil, so perhaps these spoons are meant to symbolize the mineral wealth of Brazil (rose quar...
by Aguest
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Early American Box
Replies: 8
Views: 563

Re: Early American Box

After learning about the history of Sassafras, I must say, the subject is so interesting that it could be made into a movie ::: Sassafras Tea was highly prized as a medicine and a cure-all and an extender of life such that it became very expensive and sought after ::: Sassafras could have played a r...
by Aguest
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Native American Silver
Topic: All Sterling Money Clip
Replies: 0
Views: 650

All Sterling Money Clip

I don't find a lot of Native American Money Clips which are "All Sterling" because usually they have a stainless steel part and just a small part of the money clip is actually sterling silver, kind of like an applied element ::: In this case, we have a completely sterling silver item (at l...

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