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by piette
Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:53 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: is this real Fabergé
Replies: 40
Views: 11046

Re: is this real Fabergé

ENAMELED PIECES ARE HARD TO FAKE BY ADDING NEW HALLMARKS BECAUSE STRIKING FAKE HALLMARKS WOULD CRACK ENAMEL. THREFORE, FORGET PLAIN SILVER BY FABERGE. What is the point of taking this view? There are plenty of genuine non enamelled Fabergé items out there... You just have to look for them. Regards...
by piette
Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:14 pm
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: Help me identifying these hall marks
Replies: 14
Views: 3353

Re: Help me identifying these hall marks

piette wrote:Also, note the presence of the monarchs mark on the left. This mark shows the profile of Queen Victoria - this was an obligatory mark on all silver items which were made in the UK before 1910.


Just a quick amendment - this should read "in the UK before 1890" not 1910.
Regards,
Piette
by piette
Sat Dec 25, 2010 3:42 pm
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: Help me identifying these hall marks
Replies: 14
Views: 3353

Re: Help me identifying these hall marks

Hi Phillip, Your items are from 1929 - I will explain. Here are your marks: http://d.imagehost.org/0236/e.jpg Take note of the shape of the cartouche around the letter 'E' - it has a point on the bottom. Now look at the date mark for 1853: http://b.imagehost.org/0439/045.jpg The cartouche on this ma...
by piette
Sat Dec 25, 2010 3:18 pm
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: Help me identifying these hall marks
Replies: 14
Views: 3353

Re: Help me identifying these hall marks

Hi Piette, thanks for your info, Here 2 more pictures, hope they are better. http://b.imagehost.org/t/0347/P1030720.jpg http://d.imagehost.org/t/0516/P1030723.jpg Kind regards, Philip Hi, Sorry! My mistake - the bowl and jug are both made by the same silversmith. The marks just looked different to ...
by piette
Sat Dec 25, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: Help me identifying these hall marks
Replies: 14
Views: 3353

Re: Help me identifying these hall marks

Hi, The sugar bowl and cream jug are English Silver (I am unsure of the spoon!). From left to right the marks on the two English items mean: Makers Mark - Assay Mark - Silver Purity Mark - Date Letter The Assay mark on this piece is for the City of Birmingham. The silver purity mark which depicts a ...
by piette
Sat Dec 25, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: An interesting item - Date confirmation?
Replies: 2
Views: 759

An interesting item - Date confirmation?

Hi all- Here is an interesting item for you all to look at: http://curioushouse.co.uk/russiansilvercollection/019.JPG Marks: http://curioushouse.co.uk/russiansilvercollection/020.JPG http://curioushouse.co.uk/russiansilvercollection/021.JPG http://curioushouse.co.uk/russiansilvercollection/022.JPG I...
by piette
Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: The Origin of your interest.
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

The Origin of your interest.

I have been wondering recently and have a few questions for you all on the forum... They do not exactly relate to pieces of Russian silver - I am just interested in how you became interested so here are my questions: 1) What first sparked your interest in Russian silver? 2) How old were you when you...
by piette
Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: is this real Fabergé
Replies: 40
Views: 11046

Re: is this real Fabergé

Hi, Yes - whoever added the mark would have known that Aarne was a Faberge workmaster, but just gotten the dates wrong. As for your question about when the Faberge mark was added to an item - I do not know... I would assume that they weren't added by the Masters though I may be wrong! It is not some...
by piette
Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: is this real Fabergé
Replies: 40
Views: 11046

Re: is this real Fabergé

I am not sure about the Finnish importers mark, but all the other Finnish marks are good - It is equally possible that the faker added the Finnish impossible mark. Sorry - this should read the Finnish import mark at the end of the sentence. Also - I have just re-read what Postnikov said before: W =...
by piette
Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: is this real Fabergé
Replies: 40
Views: 11046

Re: is this real Fabergé

Hi, It is possible that that whoever faked the marks did they in such a way to look old and worn to try and fool prospective buyers. I am not sure about the Finnish importers mark, but all the other Finnish marks are good - It is equally possible that the faker added the Finnish impossible mark. I t...
by piette
Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:51 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: is this real Fabergé
Replies: 40
Views: 11046

Re: is this real Fabergé

Hi, As we have recently learned thanks to Qrt.S, Faberge did have a workshop in Odessa although it was only in existence between 1900-1903 so we can rule out anything here. The kokoshnik mark on your item was only used 1899-1908 and was then replaced with a different kokoshnik mark. I agree about th...
by piette
Fri Dec 24, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: is this real Fabergé
Replies: 40
Views: 11046

Re: is this real Fabergé

Hi, A little background on the maker, Johan Victor Aarne. 1863 - Born in Finland 1880-1890 - Worked in August Holmstrom's workshop (August Holmstrom was a Faberge workmaster at the time - Aarne would not have been able to put his own mark on any items as he was not a master yet.) 1890 - Returned to ...
by piette
Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:32 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: is this real Fabergé
Replies: 40
Views: 11046

Re: is this real Fabergé

Another point to add - Faberge items were mostly (if not always?) made in 88 zolotniki silver (higher grade silver) whereas yours is made in 84 zolotniki silver.
Regards,
Piette
by piette
Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: is this real Fabergé
Replies: 40
Views: 11046

Re: is this real Fabergé

Hi,
In my opinion this item is most probably a fake.
Items such as cigarette cases are made of more than one piece. In this case - the two halves of the cigarette case.
All of the individual pieces on an object had to be hallmarked seperately which yours isn't.
Regards,
Piette
by piette
Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: is this real Fabergé
Replies: 40
Views: 11046

Re: is this real Fabergé

Hi and welcome to the forums,
Are these the only two sets of hallmarks on the item?
Regards,
Piette
by piette
Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:15 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 8
Views: 2076

Re: Merry Christmas

Once again, I would also like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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Regards,
Piette
by piette
Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Silver riza. Alekseev?
Replies: 32
Views: 6466

Re: Silver riza. Alekseev?

Hi Postnikov, In response to the icon which you have posted... Surely the mark is ПК and not МК - take a look here. I have drawn over the marks to try and show what I mean. http://curioushouse.co.uk/russiansilvercollection/iconmark.jpg This would suggest that it couldn't be Karpinski (P-L 2657, ...
by piette
Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:24 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Silver riza. Alekseev?
Replies: 32
Views: 6466

Re: Silver riza. Alekseev?

Can you post pictures of the marks also?
Regards,
Piette
by piette
Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:08 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Silver riza. Alekseev?
Replies: 32
Views: 6466

Re: Silver riza. Alekseev?

Hi Etranger,
I don't want to discuss values - I know it is not the reason that this site is here...
Bear in mind - items are not selling for their 'scrap' value.
Please read my PM to you.
Regards,
Piette
by piette
Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Silver riza. Alekseev?
Replies: 32
Views: 6466

Re: Silver riza. Alekseev?

Hi Etranger, At first I had a similar mind set to you... "This is a cheap item --> it must be fake because no one would bother faking such a cheap item" You would be surprised... They will fake anything that they think they can make a profit on. Watch out about discussing values on this we...

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