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by davidross
Sat May 23, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 10
Views: 3071

Re: What is this?

Maybe so, maybe not, but those still are not silver marks. Perhaps an admin can move it to the "Mystery Objects" section where someone will recognize what this item-with-two-holes-on-each-side-possibly-to-be-worn is. And perhaps the OP can engage the services of a professional translator a...
by davidross
Sat May 23, 2015 2:43 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 10
Views: 3071

Re: What is this?

Those are not silver marks.
by davidross
Wed May 20, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Help w/ID, Makers Mark 800 silver spoons, Middle East Mark
Replies: 2
Views: 1539

Re: Help w/ID, Makers Mark 800 silver spoons, Middle East Mark

The mark to the far left seems to be the same shape as the Italian national mark used from 1934 to 1944, but it is very hard to make it out. Please compare: http://www.925-1000.com/Fitalian_marks_01.html The 800 mark would also be typical of Italian flatware. I think that once an administrator moves...
by davidross
Wed May 20, 2015 3:46 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Found this at an estate auction
Replies: 7
Views: 2613

Re: Found this at an estate auction

Wikipedia seems to be an excellent source of information on the history of the Amoco logo appearing on the posted items:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amoco

I will leave it to our Middle Eastern experts to read the date letter.

Regards
DR
by davidross
Sun May 17, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: ZUNG. LI Chinese Export silver or retail mark?
Replies: 3
Views: 2147

Re: ZUNG. LI Chinese Export silver or retail mark?

Thank you, RIchard, for providing information on silver content.

Cheers,

David Ross
by davidross
Sat May 16, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: ZUNG. LI Chinese Export silver or retail mark?
Replies: 3
Views: 2147

Re: ZUNG. LI Chinese Export silver or retail mark?

I would be most concerned about the Chinese characters, as they provide more of an indication of silver content than a makers' or retailers' mark. In the photo provided, the Chinese characters are not clear impressions, which in my mind always raises suspicions. The Chinese mark on the left is the c...
by davidross
Wed May 13, 2015 2:46 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Possibly Scandinavian Beaker
Replies: 9
Views: 3634

Re: Possibly Scandinavian Beaker

The maker's mark, which is none too clear in the posted photo, appears to be one or two letters of the alphabet. This does not rule out the possibility of a Japanese maker, but it certainly does not offer proof positive of country of origin, either. I would still say Mexico is a strong possibility. ...
by davidross
Thu May 07, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Trumpet/Bud Vases(Pair) - no Hallmark
Replies: 4
Views: 1458

Re: Trumpet/Bud Vases(Pair) - no Hallmark

I agree with Cheryl, they look like Indian work, probably from the 1920s-30s. My impression is that during the colonial period, Indian silver was often unmarked, perhaps because it was below English sterling standard, even though it might be .800 or .900 silver. Without any marks, the only clues to ...
by davidross
Wed May 06, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: ID silver Malay? box please
Replies: 7
Views: 2402

Re: ID silver Malay? box please

It would help if the OP would polish the box and post clearer photos, in particular a cropped close-up of the mark. For that matter, if the OP has some provenance linking the box to Malaysia, that might help. A well written post that includes all pertinent information, once uploaded to the site, sho...
by davidross
Mon May 04, 2015 8:08 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: New member - need help with Japanese marks
Replies: 5
Views: 1477

Re: New member - need help with Japanese marks

My, you certainly do work fast at testing silver!

For the sake of other readers, let me reiterate that yours is a minority opinion, where a postwar ginsei mark is concerned.

DR
by davidross
Mon May 04, 2015 4:27 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: New member - need help with Japanese marks
Replies: 5
Views: 1477

Re: New member - need help with Japanese marks

Sorry that I have to emend what I wrote above (broke my reading glasses yesterday). You are right, the mark is ginsei "silver-product" or "made of silver," not jungin . There is some debate about whether ginsei marks were used on solid silver objects, but in my experience, ginsei...
by davidross
Mon May 04, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: New member - need help with Japanese marks
Replies: 5
Views: 1477

Re: New member - need help with Japanese marks

Welcome to the Forum. The retailer is Tsuruya Department Store of Kumamoto. Their logo mark is a crane ( tsuru translates to "crane"). According to their homepage (in Japanese) they were founded in 1951. If the link below doesn't work, just Google "Tsuruya Department Store" for a...
by davidross
Sun May 03, 2015 3:37 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese Silver Bracelet Hallmark?
Replies: 3
Views: 2070

Re: Japanese Silver Bracelet Hallmark?

Hallmarking is predominantly a European institution. I would not want to categorically state that there is no such thing as an Asian hallmark, but no example of hallmarking in Asia springs to mind. The same could probably be said of American silver. Please refer to the definition of "hallmark&q...
by davidross
Sun May 03, 2015 1:09 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese Silver Bracelet Hallmark?
Replies: 3
Views: 2070

Re: Japanese Silver Bracelet Hallmark?

The mark looks very faint in the photo, but it does appear to read jungin .

For the sake of clarity, this is a silver purity mark applied by the maker or retailer, and not a hallmark.

Are there no other marks?

Regards,

DR
by davidross
Fri May 01, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Wher does it come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 4324

Re: Wher does it come from?

I am rather far afield here, but "before 1860" seems too early for a metric-based 900 mark. WIkipedia states that Italy adopted the metric system in 1861, following the lead of Piedmont (see the section "International Adoption"): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_system I am wo...
by davidross
Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Lettering on Silver boat Chinese or Japanese ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1611

Re: Lettering on Silver boat Chinese or Japanese ?

The writing is Chinese and the form is a Chinese junk.

Are there any marks indicating the maker or that it is silver?

Photos can be deceptive, of course, but from the photos provided I would not think it to be silver.

Regards,

DR
by davidross
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Help with identification on metal box
Replies: 2
Views: 940

Re: Help with identification on metal box

Welcome to the Forum. The box looks to me like modern handwork that comes from India, or possibly Pakistan, Nepal, or Tibet. The lack of marks may be due to a missing foil or paper label. The matching marks on the top and bottom were probably placed there by the worker who soldered the hinges, so th...
by davidross
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: french hallmark HELP
Replies: 14
Views: 4018

Re: french hallmark HELP

Here is the person to ask about the star and the symbol after !:

makkum wrote:The first mark is Seurre 1768 - 1774. That say an Expert.


Please keep the Forum informed on the further sayings of an Expert.
by davidross
Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:38 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help with a silver box
Replies: 6
Views: 3329

Re: Help with a silver box

Thank you, Trev, for posting a much clearer image of the marks. I believe the second mark to be the lion found on the Sinhala or lion flag of Sri Lanka. Another version of this mark appears on a tray that is definitely from Sri Lanka, insofar as the tray itself is in the shape of the island of Sri L...
by davidross
Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help with a silver box
Replies: 6
Views: 3329

Re: Help with a silver box

Welcome to the Forum. It is not from China, Japan, or Korea. It looks Middle Eastern to me, or perhaps northern Indian. At first I thought the pictorial mark was the Iraqi national mark (see the World Hallmarks page), but it does not seem to be a match. A close-up photo of the marks would be helpful...

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