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by Aguest
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: 1865 teaspoon
Replies: 9
Views: 98

Re: 1865 teaspoon

Also there are pixel-related issues which I have noticed from time to time so there could be a misplaced pixel which is causing the phantom "3" :::
by Aguest
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: 1865 teaspoon
Replies: 9
Views: 98

Re: 1865 teaspoon

The first downstroke of the number "5" seems to be evident, there is raised metal in the upper left field of the enhanced picture, this would be completely absent on the number "3" so it does appear to my eyes to be a number "5" ::: The downstroke of the number "5&...
by Aguest
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Danish or Finnish Silver Hallmark???
Replies: 6
Views: 139

Re: Danish or Finnish Silver Hallmark???

Chinese Export Silver has a tradition of emulating European silver objects, so although the possibility is remote, check and make sure because you might have "pseudo hallmarks" which are meant to imitate either Swedish or Finnish hallmarks, I had a very confusing piece of silver recently w...
by Aguest
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Cigarette case -silversmith
Replies: 24
Views: 251

Re: Cigarette case -silversmith

I like the weight 184g for the details of the Samodorok pattern and also the gold (gold plated?) around the sapphire cabochon on the clasp ::
by Aguest
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: French Silver Ear Tubes - Makers mark help please
Replies: 10
Views: 404

Re: French Silver Ear Tubes - Makers mark help please

The import weevil corresponds to French legislation which lists all the treaty countries, at least I assume this to be true, so the only starting point would be to obtain a list of these treaty countries and start investigating each country one by one, it might take a lot of work but unfortunately i...
by Aguest
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Are these two small ladles from Estonia?
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: Are these two small ladles from Estonia?

Now that I see the shape of the date letter, it does seem more like 1757, which would be a letter B surrounded by a square punch with a little notch at the bottom of the letter B, so that would be a better candidate for the date, but it is very difficult to see the letter on the one ladle, and the o...
by Aguest
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Are these two small ladles from Estonia?
Replies: 6
Views: 162

Re: Are these two small ladles from Estonia?

The 4 marks are the maker's mark, the town mark for London, the lion symbol is for 92.5% purity of silver, and the last date letter is possibly for 1764 but it is so worn I can't quite be sure, but 1764 is the best I can see ::: As for the maker, I have been trying to determine the best candidate, a...
by Aguest
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Spanish charm
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: Spanish charm

Are there any other hallmarks? :: I see the "zig-zag" assay mark and a "BP conjoined" with something above it? :::
by Aguest
Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Duty Drawback Mark
Replies: 12
Views: 3532

Re: Duty Drawback Mark

The duty-drawback symbol seems very similar to the British Trade Dollar, the first examples of which were actually stuck in Sterling Silver 925 as compared to the population of the coins which is struck in Coin Silver 900 :: http://i63.tinypic.com/28koryd.jpg I am just curious about the history of t...
by Aguest
Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: French Silver Ear Tubes - Makers mark help please
Replies: 10
Views: 404

Re: French Silver Ear Tubes - Makers mark help please

From 1868 until 1942 hallmarking was not compulsory in Belgium, and in an article I read about "Belgian Art Deco Silver" it does say that sometimes Belgian silversmiths had hallmarks which paid tribute to the French tradition of silversmithing and therefore had stylistic similarities to Fr...
by Aguest
Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Native American Silver
Topic: Any Information on "T.E. Avery"?
Replies: 9
Views: 752

Re: Any Information on "T.E. Avery"?

The symbol I have been trying to research :: If I had to guess, I would think it is a Zuni symbol, so all I can say at this point is that the piece is more likely to be Zuni rather than Navajo ::: I would search for a Zuni maker first ::::
by Aguest
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Elephants from Indochina
Replies: 7
Views: 457

Re: Elephants from Indochina

So the hallmark "T90" really has two parts of information, let me see if I understand this correctly :: The "T" means "Tola" which is a unit of mass for the measurement of silver, so the "T" means that the entire object is composed of Tolas ::: But the "9...
by Aguest
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Grimwade's Biographies ~ Updates
Topic: TURNER, George (Grimwade p.686)
Replies: 3
Views: 687

Re: TURNER, George (Grimwade p.686)

(spelled Thomas William Biddell) George Turner & Thomas William Biddell are described as spoon and fork manufacturers and button makers :: Gave notice of the dissolution of their partnership to The London Gazette which took effect 24 June 1823 ::: 55 Drury Lane was the shop address ::::
by Aguest
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Grimwade's Biographies ~ Updates
Topic: TURNER, George (Grimwade p.686)
Replies: 3
Views: 687

Re: TURNER, George (Grimwade p.686)

Is this the same George Turner who entered into partnership with Thomas William Bidwell in London 1820? :: I keep seeing references to a "West Country" George Turner and an Exeter George Turner but I can find nothing about this (short-lived) partnership of 1820, not even sure it is the sam...
by Aguest
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Another I (Perth?)
Replies: 9
Views: 882

Swiss? 18th c.

Probably Swiss :: I read what I could yet I lack the most comprehensive books on the subject ::: It has to be Switzerland ::::
by Aguest
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Scottish Hallmarks
Topic: Spoon Demi-Ola M Gorie
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: Spoon Demi-Ola M Gorie

I knew someone who went to University at Edinburgh who told me about the penguin parade 35 years ago at the Edinburgh Zoo :: "Their fame grew when the zoo inadvertently pioneered its penguin parade in 1951. A keeper was reported to have left the penguin enclosure open and was promptly followed ...
by Aguest
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Another I (Perth?)
Replies: 9
Views: 882

Re: Another I (Perth?)

Last post : This distinctive "large double drop" construction has been seen on 18th century Belgium spoons : A comparison : End of final post :

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by Aguest
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Another I (Perth?)
Replies: 9
Views: 882

Re: Another I (Perth?)

Looked at American Colonial Joseph Moulton which seems to match the "I.M" but then you run into the other hallmark which has no explanation ::
Last post : I give up : I am completely out of even suggesting a remotely plausible match to this hallmark so I await further instruction :::::
by Aguest
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Another I (Perth?)
Replies: 9
Views: 882

Re: Another I (Perth?)

I have been considering John Mair of Calcutta (sometimes I see an "I.M" hallmark but the second letter might not be an M) but the design of the drop seems to be much too early to be John Mair :: I have no idea what that second hallmark is :::
by Aguest
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Another I (Perth?)
Replies: 9
Views: 882

Re: Another I (Perth?)

James Dolbeare was also a Boston Silversmith who died in 1743 (maker's mark unknown) so you would think that his mark would resemble John Dolbeare, but apparently no hallmark is known by James Dolbeare :::

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