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by paulh
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: AD on a fiddle dessert spoon.
Replies: 0
Views: 62

AD on a fiddle dessert spoon.

This is a fiddle dessert spoon of a good heavy gauge. The mark on the back is “AD” below a rising sun in an oval. Does anyone have any ideas?

Paul.
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by paulh
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Jersey overstamp.
Replies: 0
Views: 216

Jersey overstamp.

This is a teaspoon with a London hallmark for 1859, with the maker’s mark over stamped by John Le Gallais of Jersey. Can anyone suggest who the over stamped mark might belong to? Paulh. https://s20.postimg.org/x9urspbfd/JLG1.jpg https://s20.postimg.org/f71p1h7ux/JLG2.jpg https://s20.postimg.org/idw8...
by paulh
Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: The West Indian Trade - Information and Advertisements
Replies: 77
Views: 25221

Re: Official Hallmarking in Jamaica--1747

GEORGE SAMUEL RANKIN The mark attributed to George Samuel Rankin who was working in Bermuda c.1820: http://i45.tinypic.com/vq4dj6.jpg Trev. This is that same mark on a pair of fiddle sugar tongs. They are of a substantial pair gauge, weighing 48 grams and measuring 155mm in length, with a concave f...
by paulh
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Silver Care / Techniques
Topic: Cleaning silver flatware / cutlery that was handed down to me.
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: Cleaning silver flatware / cutlery that was handed down to me.

I have just seen this post, so I am sorry for the delay in my reply. In the bottom picture the spoon on the right appears to have salt pits. This is corrosion caused by a combination of salt and damp conditions. This has caused the silver plating to be breached through to the base metal. The blue/go...
by paulh
Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Exeter Hallmarks
Topic: Last Exeter Hallmark.
Replies: 8
Views: 4946

Re: Last Exeter Hallmark.

Hello Trev, That does rather makes some sense. At first sight I thought that to was H&T overstriking another mark, but on closer inspection it is just a bad punch. I did eventually find Hilliard and Thomason in Birmingham and Chester, where Maurice Ridgeway also has them as Hilliard & Thomso...
by paulh
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Exeter Hallmarks
Topic: Last Exeter Hallmark.
Replies: 8
Views: 4946

Re: Last Exeter Hallmark.

This is a simple fiddle table fork from 1885, the last year of the Exeter Assy Office. The puzzle is the maker, who appears to be Hilliard & Thompson of Birmingham. I have never seen anything else by this maker from Exeter or any other assay office. Am I alone in this? Paul. https://s17.postimg....
by paulh
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: So many marks!
Replies: 4
Views: 367

Re: So many marks!

Thank you Peter. That is very enlightening. It is always good to know that there are specialists around who know things that I don't know!

Paul.
by paulh
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: So many marks!
Replies: 4
Views: 367

Re: So many marks!

Thanks for your reply. Are you saying that the marks on the end of the haft are pseudo marks as part of the “decoration” to make a reproduction piece look more authentic? I wondered why there was a mark which appeared tro be the Amsterdam mark with only two crosses, but I see from a passage in the l...
by paulh
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: So many marks!
Replies: 4
Views: 367

So many marks!

This is an intriguing piece of Hanau silver. It is in imitation of a Dutch 18th century knife. I have never seen so many marks on one piece before. There are in total 13 marks on the silver, plus the name on the blade. The evidence trail starts from the most obvious suggestion that it might not be a...
by paulh
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Newcastle Hallmarks
Topic: Mercy Ashworth mark.
Replies: 2
Views: 765

Re: Mercy Ashworth mark.

Thanks Trev. I don't have many Newcastle reference, but I hoped you might.
Merry Christmas!

Paul.
by paulh
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Newcastle Hallmarks
Topic: Mercy Ashworth mark.
Replies: 2
Views: 765

Mercy Ashworth mark.

This is an ordinary Old English salt spoon, which seems to be by Mercy Ashworth I would be interested to know if anyone else has come across any of her pieces with such a poor “A” in her maker’s mark. Paul. http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj498/pahsilver/2017/th_IMG_3965.jpg http://i1264.photobu...
by paulh
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:39 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Anomalous silver plate marks.
Replies: 0
Views: 278

Anomalous silver plate marks.

I have recently come across a couple of Walker & Hall pieces with what seem to be rather anomalous marks. They are both sets of fish eaters with W&H marks and date letters from the 1920s, but they also have an additional mark of “EP” and a crown within a shield. As the use of crown marks on ...
by paulh
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Danish silver: What is the purpose of the items?
Replies: 4
Views: 867

Re: Danish silver: What is the purpose of the items?

I would say that they are a cream ladle and a sugar sifter. Just right for strawberries and cream!

Paul.
by paulh
Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Colonial Ladle - CG CG HNS
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Re: Colonial Ladle - CG CG HNS

This is probably the mark of Charles Geddes. H N S in separate shields was also used by Benjamin Etter who was working in Halifax around the same time.

Paul.
by paulh
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Help with hallmarks British Colonial ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1920

Re: Help with hallmarks British Colonial ?

From the style of the spoon, the engraving and the pseudo hallmark, I would say that these were American from the first half of the 19th century.
by paulh
Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Matthew Bouton or Mappin Brothers
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Re: Matthew Bouton or Mappin Brothers

Hello Trev, That would seem logical. I am not sure what that mark which looks like a tulip is. I am sure I have seen it somewhere, but I can't find any reference to it.


Regards,
Paul.
by paulh
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Matthew Bouton or Mappin Brothers
Replies: 2
Views: 613

Matthew Bouton or Mappin Brothers

This is an Old Sheffield Plate Salver with marks which I have seem attributed to both Matthew Boulton and Mappin Brothers. Can anyone give me a definite attribution? Paul. http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj498/pahsilver/OSP/th_IMG_1165.jpg http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj498/pahsilver/OSP/...
by paulh
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Silverplated spoon and fork
Replies: 3
Views: 820

Re: Silverplated spoon and fork

This is what is know as a “Parish Pattern”, in this case King’s pattern. These were patterns not registered to a particular maker. Often the blanks were made by a particular manufacturer, in the case of this pattern, in their thousands, and sold to another company to be plated to their own specifica...
by paulh
Mon May 22, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: Silver Plate Trademarks - Single Image
Topic: Egyptian Silver Spoon
Replies: 2
Views: 836

Re: Egyptian Silver Spoon

That does seem to be one of the trade names used by flatware makers for their unplated nickle silver pieces. It is an alloy of nickle, copper and zinc which can be polished to look like silver.
by paulh
Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Exeter Hallmarks
Topic: William Pearce.
Replies: 4
Views: 2653

William Pearce.

This is an ordinary fiddle teaspoon, which appears to be by William Pearce of Plymouth, with an Exeter date letter for 1821. The records I have seen suggests that William Pearce worked until around 1796. Am I barking up the wrong tree here and can anyone explain this anomaly? Paul. http://i1264.phot...

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