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by MG
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Can anyone identify this Fiddle and Thread (French ?) spoon
Replies: 2
Views: 1814

Re: Can anyone identify this Fiddle and Thread (French ?) spoon

Wow how wonderful
I'm so grateful for your decisive and instant answer
thank you
MG
by MG
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Silver Plate with marks
Replies: 1
Views: 1903

Re: Silver Plate with marks

Hello
My guess is that it is Moroccan and silver plated
Thank you
MG
by MG
Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Can anyone identify this Fiddle and Thread (French ?) spoon
Replies: 2
Views: 1814

Can anyone identify this Fiddle and Thread (French ?) spoon

I wonder if anyone can identify this spoon. It looks French to me but I'm not sure and I cannot identify the marks I think it is what they call a fiddle and thread pattern spoon with no shoulders It is 20cm long and quite heavy at 63g There are 2 marks on the outside of the bowl One looks like an M ...
by MG
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: German silver 900
Replies: 12
Views: 4467

Re: German silver 900

I would agree that the decoration does look similar to that found on some German silver but I have also seen a similar type of decoration and pressed work on Turkish pieces (Ottoman and post Ottoman). I think if I had to guess one way or another I would tend to side with the view that it could be an...
by MG
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Silver plate with unknown marks (please help)
Replies: 3
Views: 1406

Re: Silver plate with unknown marks (please help)

Hello
Its Persian silver. I would expect it to be approximately mid 20th century
The figures relate to ancient Persia
They resemble the figures carved in relief which can be seen on ancient buildings at Persepolis.
Thank you
by MG
Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Silver cup for a military commander?
Replies: 1
Views: 1628

Re: Silver cup for a military commander?

Hello Its Ottoman Turkish made in Van in eastern anatolia The top mark of the two marks in the last photo is rubbed but probably says 'Van' in the arabic script. Van seems to have been specialised in nielloed silver like this I would expect it to be late 19th or early 20th century The other mark bel...
by MG
Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Mystery Bowl
Replies: 4
Views: 2453

Re: Mystery Bowl

Hello Its definitely Iranian (Persian). I have seen a number of pieces with this style of very fine engraving (ie with the musicians and revelers). Some have been unmarked, some have the makers marks in Farsi / Arabic and interestingly some pieces have had the makers name written in armenian. The wr...
by MG
Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Help with Hallmark Please and Thank you in advance!
Replies: 1
Views: 1574

Re: Help with Hallmark Please and Thank you in advance!

Hello
These aren't hallmarks as such but makers marks. I can't read arabic very well but these pieces are typical of silver plated wares that are still made, sold and used in Morocco where tea drinking etiquette is quite sophisticated. By the way mint tea is the national beverage.
thank you
by MG
Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:55 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Tea Caddy Mark help?
Replies: 5
Views: 2175

Re: Tea Caddy Mark help?

I think it's Moroccan silver Plate I can't read the arabic very well but the top two are probably the maker. The top mark says Muhammad. The second one down is probably the family name. The flower is perhaps the makers stamp and the bottom word I think says Fes, the city in Morocco where these sort ...
by MG
Wed May 24, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Turkey Kurdistan mark?
Replies: 2
Views: 2839

Re: Turkey Kurdistan mark?

I think I would guess Turkish as well The name Çakar is a Turkish family name so that was probably the maker Turkish silver is most often 900 standard too Also that style of decoration is similar to what I have seen on other Turkish silver It would be post Ottoman (Republic era) because Ottoman peri...
by MG
Wed May 24, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Asian hallmark or makers mark?
Replies: 2
Views: 3673

Re: Asian hallmark or makers mark?

Hello
Its either Japanese or Korean
They both used this 'Jungin' (pure silver) mark
thank you
by MG
Mon May 22, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Silver Plate Trademarks - Single Image
Topic: Egyptian Silver Spoon
Replies: 2
Views: 1968

Re: Egyptian Silver Spoon

I'm not familiar with 'Egyptian silver' but would think its a trade name for silver plated cutlery In England there was a company Daniel & Arter in Birmingham who marketed cutlery under a variety of similar trade names such as Brazilian Silver, Indian Silver, Japanese Silver etc. I suspect that ...
by MG
Sun May 21, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Niello Tea / Coffee Set
Replies: 1
Views: 1214

Re: Niello Tea / Coffee Set

Hello Its Iraqi solid silver probably from the 1930s. As far as I know there is no published research into the subject of Iraqi silver or the silversmiths and their marks However I understand that the best silversmiths were from the Mandean Christian minority and the centres of manufacture tended to...
by MG
Sat Apr 29, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Help identifying signature & hallmark? Thriftshop tray
Replies: 6
Views: 6097

Re: Help identifying signature & hallmark? Thriftshop tray

Thank you Kelly00 and sorry for the delay but its been a few days since I looked at the site Its clearly Iranian (or Persian as they are more often described) Its very high quality and I would expect it to be solid silver - likely to be 84% purity although only way to be really certain about silver ...
by MG
Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Asia & Middle East - Single Image
Topic: Help identifying signature & hallmark? Thriftshop tray
Replies: 6
Views: 6097

Re: Help identifying signature & hallmark? Thriftshop tray

It looks as though it might be Iranian A picture of the tray itself would confirm. Only by scanning it or testing it could silver content be established with absolute confidence. However, the quality of the engraved work would also give a good indication, possibly more than the marks So I would love...
by MG
Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: islamic mark ( deer) need help
Replies: 5
Views: 4041

Re: islamic mark ( deer) need help

There is a book on Ottoman marks and I wish I had it but I don't and its expensive. However if you search on the internet for Ottoman silver maker marks and search for images, you can see a page from this book with some makers arranged by geographical location and by chance, this mark is one of them...
by MG
Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Niello snuff box Ottoman but where
Replies: 8
Views: 3223

Re: Niello snuff box Ottoman but where

Hello
The top stamped mark consists of the arabic letters for VAN which is a city in the far east of Turkey and many nielloed items originated from there. Ottoman Turkey used the arabic Alphabet
I can't read the bottom mark.
Thank you
by MG
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Moroccan Tea Set
Replies: 2
Views: 2090

Re: Moroccan Tea Set

Hello It's typical Moroccan silver plate made in Fes Tea drinking etiquette in Morocco is sophisticated and many families even of modest means will have fairly ostentatious silver plated tea wares like this. Not to show off but to show kind respect to guests. That's why even today they are being mad...
by MG
Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: American Spoon Maker (?) S R with pseudo marks
Replies: 2
Views: 1725

Re: American Spoon Maker (?) S R with pseudo marks

thats interesting I just found a very similar mark for R Sharpley of Montreal, Canada Although of course my spoon has the letters SR rather than RS. Also the lion mark. duty head and 'R' font are different However it does have a similar feel http://i1335.photobucket.com/albums/w661/Mehdig/SHARPLEY2_...
by MG
Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:23 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: American Spoon Maker (?) S R with pseudo marks
Replies: 2
Views: 1725

American Spoon Maker (?) S R with pseudo marks

I have the following tea spoon with what seems like a pseudo lion passant mark and pseudo duty head I am in England but the triangular shaped drop is not typical of an English spoon Otherwise it is fairly typical of an early 19th century english spoon There are two stamped initials 'S' and 'R' which...

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