Search found 460 matches

by davidross
Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:30 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: teapot tests as silver, but where's it from?
Replies: 2
Views: 1237

Re: teapot tests as silver, but where's it from?

Welcome to the Forum. Much can be learned from reading past posts, for instance: http://www.925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=37913&p=102603&hilit=morocco#p102563 http://www.925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=40473&p=112958&hilit=teapot#p112958 http://www.925-1000....
by davidross
Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:40 am
Forum: Other Jewelry
Topic: American Maker? Victorian or Newer?
Replies: 12
Views: 3487

Re: American Maker? Victorian or Newer?

Cheryl and Jim are correct, of course. As an additional note, the producers, exporters, and importers of items (silver or otherwise) made in Japan in the immediate postwar period (1945 to mid-1950s) usually preferred not leave any permanent mark of country of origin on the item because of the strong...
by davidross
Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Chinese dish does KIIC = KHC?
Replies: 3
Views: 1037

Re: Chinese dish does KIIC = KHC?

Khecheong seems to be the most likely candidate, and the mark does indeed appear to have been struck twice. The variance in the marks of one retailer can be explained by the existence of several masters filling orders over a period of decades. Furthermore, a Chinese silver master might have no more ...
by davidross
Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Does anyone know what this box was used for?
Replies: 1
Views: 899

Re: Does anyone know what this box was used for?

It was meant to hold things, of course!

It is very hard to say what a box was used for without knowing its dimensions.

The mark shown is probably that of the engraver. If there are no other marks it may not be silver.

Regards
DR
by davidross
Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:35 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Large Chinese(?) Box
Replies: 2
Views: 1067

Re: Large Chinese(?) Box

Japanese jungin mark and maker's mark of Miyamoto.

See:

search.php?keywords=miyamoto&t=24259&sf=msgonly

Regards,
DR
by davidross
Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Interesting Japanese item.
Replies: 2
Views: 1155

Re: Interesting Japanese item.

Hello Krisztián Rather unusual to see a recent pair of vases with a jungin mark but no maker's mark. I would expect they date from the period you mention (1970s-1980s) and that the maker's mark was not applied because they were intended as a state gift. The chrysanthemum seal is, of course, the impe...
by davidross
Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:05 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Asian Dragon Small Shot cup mark
Replies: 2
Views: 918

Re: Asian Dragon Small Shot cup mark

---Not at all, you are most welcome for the information that I see has been incorporated into your ad on a certain Internet auction website.
by davidross
Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:41 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Asian Dragon Small Shot cup mark
Replies: 2
Views: 918

Re: Asian Dragon Small Shot cup mark

The mark can be transliterated, "Wenhua."

Hope that helps.
by davidross
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:14 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Silver Plate Tea Strainer?
Replies: 5
Views: 1589

Re: Silver Plate Tea Strainer?

I think there was some lengthy discussion in the Scandinavian forum, a few years back, about whether such an item was a strawberry server or a sugar sifter. It is hard to tell the scale from the photo, but it would seem to be such an item rather than a tea strainer. Not my area, so will leave it to ...
by davidross
Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Burmese or Indian bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 1160

Re: Burmese or Indian bowl

It looks to me like the bowl of a cocktail or cordial that is missing its base and stem. If it is indeed silver, then it probably had some marks on the missing parts.

That said, from the rather crude workmanship, I would suppose it dates from the second half of the 20th century.
by davidross
Thu Jun 11, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese silver mark on cup
Replies: 6
Views: 1566

Re: Japanese silver mark on cup

Without a better photograph of the mark, it will be nearly impossible to decipher.

Try using a camera's macro function to take a close-up, and crop it.

Good luck.
by davidross
Fri Jun 05, 2015 2:18 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Does any one know this Chinese Chopmark/hallmark?
Replies: 1
Views: 1278

Re: Does any one know this Chinese Chopmark/hallmark?

The two characters appear to be embossed, not punched. That they are surrounded by a frame and well-centered in the medallion suggests to me that they are not a retailer's mark or a maker's mark (or chop mark) but rather a part of the design. A quick perusal of the identified marks already posted in...
by davidross
Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Mystery Engraving on Snuff Box
Replies: 16
Views: 4102

Re: Mystery Engraving on Snuff Box

I was thinking along similar lines to Trev, but feared it a stretch too far to suggest the Napoleonic Wars. While going even further out on a limb, linguistically speaking, it seems that "memoranza" may also be Portuguese as well as Spanish. A native speaker f Portuguese would need to conf...
by davidross
Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Mystery Engraving on Snuff Box
Replies: 16
Views: 4102

Re: Mystery Engraving on Snuff Box

I agree with Silverly, it looks like some form of "remembrance of friendship." While I claim no expertise in either of these languages, it seems that "recordanza" is Spanish, while "l'amytye" is Renaissance French. If the snuff box was originally a present, the engravin...
by davidross
Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:05 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help with older? Chinese silver bracelets
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

Re: Help with older? Chinese silver bracelets

I believe that when the mark is transliterated, it is read Yiyuan. I have no information on this mark. It might be a regional or retailer's mark. This is not a mark designating silver content. The bracelet might still be silver or contain some silver, but if so I would suspect it to be of a lower gr...
by davidross
Sat May 30, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Pseudo marks on spoon help.......
Replies: 2
Views: 1312

Re: Pseudo marks on spoon help.......

One possibly is early to mid-19th century Chinese export. The Canton maker WE WE WC used London pseudo marks similar to this, along with the pseudo date letter "p." Tu Hopp's marks show the same pseudo London marks and a strikingly similar Georgian bust, but with a capital T. That said, ne...
by davidross
Fri May 29, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Found this at an estate auction
Replies: 7
Views: 2621

Re: Found this at an estate auction

The article notes: "In 1961, the torch and oval was redesigned with a flatter oval and a more contemporary torch design with the logo bearing the Standard or American name in the U.S. and the Amoco name outside the U.S." So the earliest possible date would be 1961 if, and only if, Amoco wa...
by davidross
Fri May 29, 2015 12:23 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Silver Hallmark
Replies: 1
Views: 771

Re: Silver Hallmark

Japanese ginsei mark, generally used to designate "silverplate."

Please post a better photo of the monogrammed engraving or tell us what is says. Also wondering if there is any provenance on this piece.

Regards
DR
by davidross
Wed May 27, 2015 11:38 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Found this at an estate auction
Replies: 7
Views: 2621

Re: Found this at an estate auction

Definitely post-1946 insofar as the Amoco logo pictured here was adopted in 1970 according to the Wikipedia article mentioned in my last post.
by davidross
Tue May 26, 2015 3:23 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 10
Views: 3078

Re: What is this?

As everyone now knows, the writing definitely does not say anything like "silver," and the one I have seen for sale in Japan made no mention of silver but describes said item as "metal." Maybe an instance of extreme understatement on the part of a humble seller...... Very interes...

Go to advanced search