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by Aguest
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Sheffield Hallmarks
Topic: Sheffield Sterling band on Knife J.A.S. maker
Replies: 3
Views: 428

Re: Sheffield Sterling band on Knife J.A.S. maker

Regularly repeated lines in Celluloid are meant to imitate the genuine "Schreger Lines" in genuine ivory, so this leads me to believe the handles are celluloid and not bakelite, so I'm thinking celluloid, I guess it could be genuine Ivory, hard to say with just one pic and not having it in...
by Aguest
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Pattern name? Only marked Ball Black & Co
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Re: Pattern name? Only marked Ball Black & Co

It seems reasonable to suggest the influence of John R. Wendt; many of his pieces are marked with the Ball Black & Company hallmark, but few pieces bear his actual name as a hallmark, but it seems reasonable that you could attribute this piece to John R. Wendt, check out his flatware patterns an...
by Aguest
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Tested as sterling silver although no marks and a family crest ?
Replies: 1
Views: 270

Re: Tested as sterling silver although no marks and a family crest ?

I find it curious that this type of ladle is sometimes not hallmarked, I have seen them with a silver English coin in the bowl without hallmarks, and although I am not sure of the reason for this, it is almost certainly English, there seems to be some sort of loophole here, not quite sure what it is...
by Aguest
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Is this an (Italian) assay mark?
Replies: 13
Views: 548

Re: Is this an (Italian) assay mark?

The "Hecho A Mano" translates to "Made By Hand" from Spanish to English, and although we are not 100% certain it is from Mexico, there are enough stylistic elements to link it to other 900 silver trays from Mexico, the work of Maciel comes to mind immediately, this tray does seem...
by Aguest
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Is this an (Italian) assay mark?
Replies: 13
Views: 548

Re: Is this an (Italian) assay mark?

It seems to be a mis-struck "nine" and I have a feeling this tray is from Mexico, the time which pre-dates the "federal eagle" hallmark of 1948 when Mexico used a variety of hallmarks, the style of the tray does remind me of Mexican trays, and I found a very similar tray from Mex...
by Aguest
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Gold - Single Image
Topic: Golden brooch “585 ??? UNICAT”
Replies: 3
Views: 953

Re: Golden brooch “585 ??? UNICAT”

Just based on the form, I would think Denmark or The Netherlands, but I did not know there were other applications for the word UNICAT, maybe another piece will reveal itself in time, I will not forget about this piece, the artist seems to possess a high degree of skill :::
by Aguest
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver

Agreed, the shape is very unusual for Paul Revere, and really the shape is very unusual for any silversmith :: They are almost "folk art" in their shape, like a silversmith with a very independent and iconoclastic mind created these spoons, they seem not to adhere to traditional rules beca...
by Aguest
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver

I have never seen the block letters of Paul Revere, but here is another reference which implies that the "PR" in block letters was used on smaller items such as teaspoons (has anyone ever seen the "PR" in block letters?) ::: "Revere’s marks featured either his surname “REVER...
by Aguest
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver

Also listed in the book by Ernest M. Currier: PAUL REVERE, JR.: "? ^Initials, capitals in rectangle." It seems as if this "PR" hallmark has been encountered before, and it was hypothesized to be a late hallmark of Paul Revere Jr., but the authors seem to be not certain of the att...
by Aguest
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver

If this is late in Paul Revere's career, or if perhaps it is Paul Revere III, I certainly am not qualified to make that judgement, if it is either Paul Revere or a relative of Paul Revere, it would require analysis by someone else, someone more qualified than myself ::: I do see a reference to a &qu...
by Aguest
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver

I believe they are "melon spoons" sometimes called "fruit spoons" and they have a pointed tip which is essential for the scooping of melons and other fruits would need this pointed tip :: I have been trying to figure out the maker, but I haven't come up with the answer, I have a ...
by Aguest
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help me identify the french silversmith of the salts
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Please help me identify the french silversmith of the salts

The style seems to me to be consistent with a cruet set :: Here was one which I found, note the similarities ::::

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Still I am not sure of the maker of the French item :
by Aguest
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver
Replies: 10
Views: 995

Re: Unidentified Initial marks on coin silver

This is why we need to see the entire piece, there are many examples of silver bearing only a makers mark (PR for example) but when the entire piece is shown it will help to narrow down the search to a certain country. Examples of silver bearing only makers marks off the top of my head: American Col...
by Aguest
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: I.R Mark on Hollow Handle Carving Fork
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: I.R Mark on Hollow Handle Carving Fork

I was thinking that as well, make sure there are no other hallmarks (completely rubbed off) on the silver, and I was also thinking about how uncommon this form is from an American silversmith, I have still been thinking about this object :::::
by Aguest
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Russian silver salt cellar
Replies: 33
Views: 1414

Re: Russian silver salt cellar

I was thinking that perhaps the castle on the lid could be identified, maybe that would help? :::
by Aguest
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:45 am
Forum: Gold - Single Image
Topic: Golden brooch “585 ??? UNICAT”
Replies: 3
Views: 953

Re: Golden brooch “585 ??? UNICAT”

Correct me if I am in error, but doesn't "UNICAT" translate as "Unique Design" in Romanian, so jewelry from Romania could bear this hallmark? :: I am not familiar with modern jewelry designers from Romania, but it does seem to be a piece of studio jewelry with a brutalist influen...
by Aguest
Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:05 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Russian silver salt cellar
Replies: 33
Views: 1414

Re: Russian silver salt cellar

Additional thought about this object: Why does there seem to be a faint outline of an "S" above the actually punched letter "S" ? Is that my imagination?
by Aguest
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: I.R Mark on Hollow Handle Carving Fork
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: I.R Mark on Hollow Handle Carving Fork

Coin silver from the Early American period just after the Colonial American period, so this would be approximately 90% silver, but actual percentages can vary :: And this is one of the earliest "Shell Motif" design elements I have seen on an American piece of silver, but just for the recor...
by Aguest
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Unknown European Tablespoons - P.G GC and Lion Passant
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: Unknown European Tablespoons - P.G GC and Lion Passant

Stuttgart Germany shows a running horse with an assay master mark in-between the legs-in-motion, just in case that is a possible candidate ::::
by Aguest
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Unknown European Tablespoons - P.G GC and Lion Passant
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: Unknown European Tablespoons - P.G GC and Lion Passant

Is this the aforementioned example from Latvia? :: If not Latvian, I kind of thought it was Romanian and I put it in a drawer, but now that I saw this thread, I found this spoon :::: I know the "12" stands for "12 Loth," so that would make me search through Germany first, but per...

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