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by dragonflywink
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: pepperpots - look middle eastern
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: pepperpots - look middle eastern

Might add that while it's a less common fineness, Iranian .900 silver is also usually marked as '90', though not often in European-style numbers. The '84%' mark shown below is from Rezazadeh's 'Collectible Silver Jewelry' (2001), the maker's mark described as belonging to the 'Ardokhanian' family, s...
by dragonflywink
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: pepperpots - look middle eastern
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: pepperpots - look middle eastern

I continue to be troubled by the assertion that the '84' (as expressed in either European or Arabic numerals) on Iranian/Persian silver indicates a fineness of .875 based on the zolotnik system - am hoping the matter might be cleared up. My understanding is that while the European-style '84' marks m...
by dragonflywink
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Blackinton boot but not a corkscrew. No idea what it is!
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Blackinton boot but not a corkscrew. No idea what it is!

It's a marriage, your novelty riding-boot is missing its corkscrew/bottle opener, Blackinton also made a similar golfbag, they had a wooden liner that served the dual purpose of holding the corkscrew in and protecting the relatively thin silver from interior damage. The other piece looks to me like ...
by dragonflywink
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse

Probably Norwegian, won't be able to ID a maker of course, but the prick-engraved date is nice, the decorative rocaille engraving is typical. To be clear, the spoon was not cast, it was wrought, nor does a drop on a spoon indicate a 'join' or two-part construction...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Flatware Pattern Identification
Topic: I have a mystery GORHAM Spoon, pussuby hindoo, need help
Replies: 12
Views: 679

Re: I have a mystery GORHAM Spoon, pussuby hindoo, need help

It is one of the many variants of Gorham's 1870s 'Hindoo' pattern...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Russian Silverplate flatware ?
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Russian Silverplate flatware ?

Ahhh, does look more like 'Benson" - perhaps a J.W. Benson mark?

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Russian Silverplate flatware ?
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: Russian Silverplate flatware ?

The English mark appears to read 'BEASON' and find it attributed to 'Beason & Sons' - not a firm I'm familiar with...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Thimble Size [7] [925] [Six-Point Star w/Letter]
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Thimble Size [7] [925] [Six-Point Star w/Letter]

Believe that's Gebrüder Gabler, or later, Greif, but perhaps not with a 6-point star? Been quite a while since I've dealt with thimbles, but seem to recall the use of 925 fineness rather than 800 on German thimbles usually indicates later production. Looks like there are remnants of enamel? ~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Re: Silver Brooch/Neckalce Marked 875
Replies: 5
Views: 393

Re: Silver Brooch/Neckalce Marked 875

Perhaps we could see a close-up of the mark, suspect it might be a poorly struck '925' rather than '875'. The Bedouin triangular filigree pendants or brooches like this, with the dangles and little applied flower and diamond elements, when found with a numeric fineness stamp, and the safety catch on...
by dragonflywink
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details
Replies: 9
Views: 1024

Re: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details

Personally, just can't see these pieces as any kind of Native American production at all, so also not seeing the significance of what materials were or are NA used. While the eyes look more like glass to me, it's really pretty difficult to determine from a photograph whether tiny little cabochons ar...
by dragonflywink
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details
Replies: 9
Views: 1024

Re: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details

The turquoise eyes are not bezel-set, just glued in, believe they are most likely glass - not sure what would indicate 1970s dating, but suspect these pieces are not even that early, personally doubt they're any more than 20-30 years old. A quick internet search finds a frame by the same maker, no i...
by dragonflywink
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Unidentified Maker's Mark "W"
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Re: Unidentified Maker's Mark "W"

To my eye, this looks like it might be a 19th century lancet style spoon, from Germany or thereabouts - am moving it to the German forum for more views...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Unusual lamp/burner - what’s it used for?
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Unusual lamp/burner - what’s it used for?

Looks like a WMF silverplate cigar lamp...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details
Replies: 9
Views: 1024

Re: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details

I've seen this design before on different pieces, and should remember the mark, which I believe is, as suggested, a conjoined 'JM', but my memory is not what it was. Do not believe it is has much age, and not Arts & Crafts or NA - will go ahead and move it to 'Sterling after 1860' forum for more...
by dragonflywink
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Silver Plate Trademarks - Single Image
Topic: unknown mark on cup
Replies: 2
Views: 673

Re: unknown mark on cup

Eh, it is always frustrating to be shown only a mark and given minimal information. Is there a reason you can't post a picture of the cup? The small bit that can be seen seems to show plating wear revealing copper, is that so? Might the piece be French in style? From what I can make out, the mark lo...
by dragonflywink
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Need Maker & Pattern help for vintage sterling flatware set
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Need Maker & Pattern help for vintage sterling flatware set

Welcome, Jerry. Good job on posting pics...

The pattern is International Silver's 'Splendor', by their prolific designer Alfred G. Kintz, introduced in 1939.

https://www.925-1000.com/ax_international.html

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Bowl [MAX] [Bow Line?] [830]
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: Bowl [MAX] [Bow Line?] [830]

It's from Cyprus...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Mystery Chalice VB10?
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Mystery Chalice VB10?

You could probably find more information elsewhere, since these forums concern silver, but it appears to be a broken pottery vase made by Villeroy & Boch (Mettlach), mark identified as used 1852-73.

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: UNKOWN MARK on box of 12 demitasse spoons sterling
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: UNKOWN MARK on box of 12 demitasse spoons sterling

No need to shout, you were understood, but Trev cited valid reasons for posting images of your spoons and their marks (it's frustrating to be given only partial information) - good luck in your research...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Flatware Pattern Identification
Topic: Countess Dating-Frank W. Smith Company Spoon
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Countess Dating-Frank W. Smith Company Spoon

JCK Index shows 'Countess' as introduced in 1928, but Turner shows it as circa 1900...

~Cheryl

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