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by Aguest
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Faberge sugar bowl?
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: Faberge sugar bowl?

Putting the question of whether this is a sugar bowl or a waste bowl aside (honestly the overall form is more like a sugar bowl, but the insulated finial made me raise the question of whether or not this is a waste bowl or a sugar bowl), I just noticed that the lid and the finial appear to be "...
by Aguest
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Faberge sugar bowl?
Replies: 10
Views: 228

Re: Faberge sugar bowl?

The pineapple finial is very well-detailed, you can see each and every facet of the pineapple, I see the quality ::: Also, do you see how there is an "insulator" beneath the finial? I thought insulators were to protect the hand from heat, most commonly seen on the handles of tea-pots. Ther...
by Aguest
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Trust or Bust? Tiffany Sippers.
Replies: 3
Views: 117

Re: Trust or Bust? Tiffany Sippers.

I've had these mint julep spoons many times, and I even had the deluxe version which has a full figural monkey climbing on a vine; those full-figural straws were amazing and the buyer was a NYC real estate mogul who starred in a reality show and they were shipped to a 5th Avenue NYC address (I'll le...
by Aguest
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Help with hallmark on large silver platter
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Help with hallmark on large silver platter

My best guess would be Siam, modern-day Thailand, just based on the overall design and the "SILVER" hallmark is more reminiscent of the fonts I have seen on Siam silver, so I am leaning towards Siam as the country where this piece was manufactured, sometimes you will find Siam silver with ...
by Aguest
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: American Jewelry
Topic: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"
Replies: 13
Views: 759

Re: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"

Yes I agree, and all the rings on the tail are interesting because if a predator goes to eat the salamander, many species have the ability to lose that tail and then run away, and after a few months the tail has grown back again. I have noticed pieces of silver with salamanders from Scandinavia (Den...
by Aguest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: International Silver Company subsidiary jug.
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: International Silver Company subsidiary jug.

::: I have noticed quite a few examples of these International Silver Company hallmarks which appear somewhat crude or even mis-struck ::: I have no explanation for this, but it seems to occur with more frequency when compared to other silver flatware manufacturing companies And always that "I....
by Aguest
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: American Jewelry
Topic: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"
Replies: 13
Views: 759

Re: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"

There are examples of Majolica pottery plates where each and every detail of the animal is perfectly cast, you can see each and every scale on the animal, particularly the work of Jose Francisco de Sousa of Portugal, and your animal is so amazingly detailed, I would just be surprised if the maker of...
by Aguest
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: American Jewelry
Topic: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"
Replies: 13
Views: 759

Re: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"

If it has "585" instead of "14k" it almost always is intended to be purchased by the European market, if it were made in America it would almost certainly have a "14k" hallmark because that is overwhelmingly common in the USA ::: The "585" has me searching Eur...
by Aguest
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: American Jewelry
Topic: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"
Replies: 13
Views: 759

Re: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"

Yes I should have said "salamander," clearly it is a salamander on the brooch, and clearly salamanders are represented in Danish silver, salamanders are amphibians, I apologize for using that other word ::: Salamander dish is by Prima Hgr (I think the spoon I am thinking about was from T.H...
by Aguest
Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: American Jewelry
Topic: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"
Replies: 13
Views: 759

Re: Spectacular lizard lost wax ring- Maker literally "A"

You're right, at first glance this would appear to be Brutalist because of the jagged moss upon which the lizard sits. But there is another tradition which it seems to me to be drawn from, and that is the tradition of Majolica Pottery, specifically the Portuguese Majolica Pottery pieces which I have...
by Aguest
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Questions re: remarkable Gorham design
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: Questions re: remarkable Gorham design

Gorham made a similar image in their "North Pole Expedition" spoon: http://i63.tinypic.com/bbgcj.jpg http://i65.tinypic.com/ohl9xy.jpg As far as the detail, Gorham either "die stamped" their spoons or "cast" their spoons, and sometimes spoons were die cast with partiall...
by Aguest
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Help needed, German (?) tankard.
Replies: 19
Views: 1762

Re: Help needed, German (?) tankard.

: I'm still wondering about the Prussian Empire, specifically the regions where the Prussian Empire interacted with Russia, that is where I am investigating :
by Aguest
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Irish Makers w/ Non-Irish Assay Marks?
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Irish Makers w/ Non-Irish Assay Marks?

Yes I recall reading about why the phrase "Sponsor's Mark" is more accurate than the phrase "Maker's Mark," there was a lot of very precise and accurate information contained in that article, I believe it was archived here, I will attempt to find it ::: Thank you for your prompt ...
by Aguest
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Irish Makers w/ Non-Irish Assay Marks?
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Irish Makers w/ Non-Irish Assay Marks?

Hello I just have a general question ::: A few times I have noticed Irish Silversmiths whose works are stamped with Non-Irish Assay Marks ::: Specifically I have noticed the mark of Sharman D. Neill makers mark with a Chester Assay Mark ::: Also I have noticed a Royal Irish Silver Company makers mar...
by Aguest
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:46 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Persian teapot - who is maker?
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: Persian teapot - who is maker?

It does seem to be Persian silver, I have researched a scholar box and a tea set and I did learn a few things::: See if this quote guides you towards the answer, it was posted here some time ago ::: "marked by parvaresh( i think reza parvaresh) parvaresh is greatest family in Isfahan in making ...
by Aguest
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Help needed, German (?) tankard.
Replies: 19
Views: 1762

Re: Help needed, German (?) tankard.

The "Zig-Zag" mark I have only seen and read about being an assay mark used by German assayers, but the backwards letters seem to point towards Cyrillic which would mean a Russian influence, and I have absolutely no idea what the strange infinity sign is, but this is a very interesting pie...
by Aguest
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Scottish Hallmarks
Topic: What to do with 3 John Muir, Jr. Glasgow spoons?
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: What to do with 3 John Muir, Jr. Glasgow spoons?

Going over my notes again, the "Old Scottish Standard" was actually slightly lower, not higher, sorry about that...

I will try to find the reference to this "Old Scottish Standard"....
by Aguest
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Scottish Hallmarks
Topic: What to do with 3 John Muir, Jr. Glasgow spoons?
Replies: 4
Views: 543

Re: What to do with 3 John Muir, Jr. Glasgow spoons?

Certainly these are sterling silver 92.5 percent. When I was reading about the history of Scotland Silver, I did find a reference to an "Old Scottish Standard" which had a very slightly higher percentage of silver, and it really was not used very much after 1800, I am trying to find this r...
by Aguest
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Vietnamese silver bracelet markings
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: Vietnamese silver bracelet markings

An interesting journey to be sure:

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by Aguest
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:35 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Russian silver forks with crest
Replies: 5
Views: 546

Re: Russian silver forks with crest

The double-headed eagle has been used at least as far back as the Hittite Empire (1700-1200 BC) and since then it has been used as a symbol of royal authority by various cultures, including the Byzantine Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, Russia, Albania, Mysore (in India), Yugoslavia, Austria, Serbia, ...

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