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by JLDoggett
Sun Apr 28, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Melting down damaged coin silver spoons
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: Melting down damaged coin silver spoons

Most I have melted assayed to 88-90% silver content. I understands it varies between 80-90% depending on materials available at the time and location.
by JLDoggett
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Help me to ID this Mark and the Piece
Replies: 5
Views: 1994

Re: Help me to ID this Mark and the Piece

The figure it the mascot of a company that produces cleaning products. It was a white container with her imprinted at the bottom of the label with "Dutch Made" under her feet. I thought it might be Bon Ami, but alas no. I will ferret out the product.
by JLDoggett
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:08 am
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy Christmas! - 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 7365

Re: Happy Christmas! - 2018

Happy Christmas and a Happy New ear to one and all.
by JLDoggett
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Two Sides of the Same Piece
Replies: 4
Views: 1172

Re: Two Sides of the Same Piece

Matchbox
by JLDoggett
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Other Jewelry
Topic: Silver Pendant
Replies: 3
Views: 1729

Re: Silver Pendant

The large stone is opal in matrix.
by JLDoggett
Sat May 12, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: Shiebler Fakes?
Replies: 4
Views: 2569

Re: Shiebler Fakes?

Dies are very expensive to make. First there is the hubbing die, which looks like the finished piece carved in a block of steel, it allows multiple dies to be made from it over time and the item is always the same one for the front, one for the back. The hub is hardened after it is perfect. This tak...
by JLDoggett
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Altered Tines..Stupid Question of the Day.
Replies: 6
Views: 2035

Re: Altered Tines..Stupid Question of the Day.

In die-stamped flatware forks the tines should all be level. in the die the tines are just a tapered rectangle of metal that is later punched to separate the tines. I would make little sense to have someone bend the outer tines as an additional step. I have never seen this in any of the never-used s...
by JLDoggett
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy Christmas! - 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 6945

Re: Happy Christmas! - 2017

To you and yours as well. Cheers!
by JLDoggett
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Sterling silver relief - hand made? Techniques used?
Replies: 3
Views: 1579

Re: Sterling silver relief - hand made? Techniques used?

Most likely cast, possibly some fine details added by chasing. Can't be certain without seeing the back under that material.
by JLDoggett
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Oval Shell Sterling Encased
Replies: 1
Views: 1125

Re: Oval Shell Sterling Encased

A pendant.
by JLDoggett
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:14 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Tiffany or Fake
Replies: 10
Views: 2232

Re: Tiffany or Fake

The mark looks OK. The style of the piece is typical of what they produced. All I can say from pictures. The M would only be on pieces made during Moore's tenure.
by JLDoggett
Sat Jun 03, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Caster - purpose?
Replies: 9
Views: 3566

Re: Caster - purpose?

Don't forget: sand casters for the literal minded.
by JLDoggett
Sun May 28, 2017 2:42 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Was this a letter opener?
Replies: 5
Views: 2043

Re: Was this a letter opener?

While it could have been the end-cap to several things, a letter-opener sounds like a good use for it. Any competent jeweler should be able to fit a new blade to it.
by JLDoggett
Fri May 19, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Safe to use .800 silverware?
Replies: 7
Views: 2068

Re: Safe to use .800 silverware?

European dishwasher soap must be a lot milder than here in the US. The major brands here will, in a dozen washings, turn your silver an ugly mat grey that does not polish off without the use of an electric buffer. My silver is always hand-washed.
by JLDoggett
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Mystery Silver Hammer
Replies: 5
Views: 2280

Re: Mystery Silver Hammer

It is for breaking ice when making cocktails.
by JLDoggett
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What was it for?
Replies: 8
Views: 2553

Re: What was it for?

Most likely for heating water for whatever was needed.
by JLDoggett
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Has Anyone Ever Seen One of These? - 2
Replies: 4
Views: 1738

Re: Has Anyone Ever Seen One of These? - 2

I bet it works really well as a portable cheese grater.
by JLDoggett
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: New Moderator
Replies: 9
Views: 5905

Re: New Moderator

Congrats Phil! Welcome aboard <Passes Phil his silver test kit and spam-killer button>

Best regards,

Jim
by JLDoggett
Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy Christmas! - 2016
Replies: 11
Views: 7185

Re: Happy Christmas! - 2016

Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah to one and all! Cheers
by JLDoggett
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:05 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Reed & Barton "mystery" item...
Replies: 5
Views: 2523

Re: Reed & Barton "mystery" item...

Here they are called "Wedding Cups". Supposedly an old Germanic tradition, the groom drinks from the larger cup, the bride, from the smaller one. I am unsure how well this is documented as historical fact. Their popularity ebbs and wanes.

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