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by dragonflywink
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Norwegian Dinner Fork
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Norwegian Dinner Fork

Though it looks vaguely familiar, don't know the maker's mark - but the pattern is 'Odel', introduced by Nils Hansen in 1935, also produced by Th. Marthinsen...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Please help identify this hallmark on this spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Please help identify this hallmark on this spoon

Towle's 'Old English' pattern, introduced in 1892.

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Gorham question
Replies: 12
Views: 194

Re: Gorham question

Quite a bit of difference in the top portion too - different bird facing opposite direction. I like well-done acid etching - you might look at multi-motif flatware patterns like Gorham's Knickerbocker Etched or Tiffany's Lap Over Edge Etched to see how lovely and intricate acid-etched designs can be...
by dragonflywink
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Gorham absorbing Whiting when and how long was the mark still used?
Replies: 1
Views: 139

Re: Gorham absorbing Whiting when and how long was the mark still used?

Don't have time to delve into my references at the moment, but Gorham's Edward Holbrook, from the 1890s, controlled a holding company called the Silversmiths Company, which held several silver manufacturers including Gorham, Whiting Mfg., Durgin, Mauser, and quite few others, but they operated indep...
by dragonflywink
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Gorham question
Replies: 12
Views: 194

Re: Gorham question

Please use the hotlink for forums option, I resize picture to a reasonable size before posting. Your last pics show what is almost certainly acid-etching. You might want to look through our glossary: https://www.925-1000.com/silverglossary.html Since you bring up drypoint, suspect you will understan...
by dragonflywink
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: The "COLORADO SILVER" Mark Again
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: The "COLORADO SILVER" Mark Again

A number of Denver firms offered 'Colorado Silver' souvenir spoons - it's nickel silver, no real silver content. I have some info in my files, can post it later...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Gorham question
Replies: 12
Views: 194

Re: Gorham question

Hi - Your pics aren't particularly clear on my monitor, but I'm not seeing any bright-cut engraving, and the design has a rather flat quality to it that makes me think it may be acid-etched rather than chased, and though hand chasing can certainly be done in low relief, don't believe that's the case...
by dragonflywink
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Arts & Crafts Smiths ~ American Handwrought after-1900
Topic: Handmade sterling hallmarked with D inside wheel
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Handmade sterling hallmarked with D inside wheel

deMatteo - William L., if I recall correctly...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Mon May 27, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Help needed with this reversed handle spoon
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: Help needed with this reversed handle spoon

Someone decided to straighten out a baby spoon - the handle should be formed into a loop, bringing the pattern onto the top...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sat May 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Help with Swedish jewelry mark
Replies: 2
Views: 356

Re: Help with Swedish jewelry mark

They're a classic Wiwen Nilsson design, and bear his marks.

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Wed May 08, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Flatware Pattern Identification
Topic: Very Ornate Pattern - NO Makers Mark
Replies: 9
Views: 2418

Re: Very Ornate Pattern - NO Makers Mark

They're from Cyprus - my memory isn't what it used to be, but believe they're for fruit or sweetmeats. Still in production, mostly in Lefkara...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: pepperpots - look middle eastern
Replies: 11
Views: 2987

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: 2987

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: 2644

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: 1159

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: 2097

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: 768

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: 768

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: 702

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

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