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by davidross
Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:33 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Crest on Victorian Sheffield Salver
Replies: 3
Views: 2184

Crest on Victorian Sheffield Salver

Please help identify this crest engraved on a Sheffield plate salver. The crest appears to be lion sejant erect (or sejant rampant) supporting a pillar. The pillar is topped with a crown. The monogram beneath the crest seems to be ACJ (or some combination of A, C, and J). The salver has a British re...
by davidross
Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: JAPNAESE INSCRIPTION & MAKERS MARK INFO
Replies: 5
Views: 4053

Re: JAPNAESE INSCRIPTION & MAKERS MARK INFO

From the size of the dish and its boat shape, it was probably meant to hold soy sauce and wasabi, into which sushi would be dipped. It is not inconceivable that a bride and groom named Nakaido gave one of these small dishes as a thank-you to each person or business participating in their wedding. Wi...
by davidross
Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:58 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: JAPNAESE INSCRIPTION & MAKERS MARK INFO
Replies: 5
Views: 4053

Re: JAPNAESE INSCRIPTION & MAKERS MARK INFO

The maker is Yamazaki Manufacturing of Ginza, Tokyo, and it is marked "pure silver." One likely translation of the inscription on the bottom (reading from right to left, top to bottom): "Presented to Hakkei February 8, 1958 Nakaido" "Hakkei" ("Eight Sights," t...
by davidross
Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:22 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Letter Rack, Marked "St. Silver"
Replies: 4
Views: 4141

Letter Rack, Marked "St. Silver"

Any information or ideas appreciated regarding the country of origin and maker of this letter rack. 10.8 cm long, 7.6 cm high, and 2.7 cm wide. Weight exactly 100 grams. Marked to underside "ST. SILVER" with a maker's or logo mark BJ. No other marks anywhere. I am posting here because Cana...
by davidross
Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese master?
Replies: 10
Views: 2433

Re: Japanese master?

The most probable reading of the inscription is "Ichi Moku Kai," e.g. "First Thursday Club," a group meeting once a month, on the first Thursday. As Rauls has already intimated, there are countless possibilities, as there are many first Thursday clubs for studying, hobbies, games...
by davidross
Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:34 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Battered Teaspoon With Single Hallmark: M with Dot
Replies: 13
Views: 6184

Re: Battered Teaspoon With Single Hallmark: M with Dot

As JLD has noted, thin spoons like this are practically useless. This one would bend in jam. The spoon has a pronounced wear pattern, so clearly it was used. There are many series of tiny repetitive dents to both the bowl and the terminal, yet the stem is free of these dents and the tip of the bowl ...
by davidross
Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Battered Teaspoon With Single Hallmark: M with Dot
Replies: 13
Views: 6184

Re: Battered Teaspoon With Single Hallmark: M with Dot

Thank you Jorg, for your kind vote of confidence regarding this poor old spoon. I don't know how it ended up here in western Canada, but for the while it has been given a reprieve from obscurity. Its length is 6 inches (just under 15 cm) and it weighs 11 grams. The handle has been beaten as thin as ...
by davidross
Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:23 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Battered Teaspoon With Single Hallmark: M with Dot
Replies: 13
Views: 6184

Battered Teaspoon With Single Hallmark: M with Dot

This somewhat battered, but complete teaspoon has a single hallmark, an intaglio M with a small dot (or period) after it. Cursive “H” monogram to handle. No leads on the maker or the place of origin, so posting to “Other Countries” and hope the administrator will eventually move this post to the app...
by davidross
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:17 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Local Danish / Norwegian (?) Stuffing Spoon, Dated 1780
Replies: 3
Views: 1758

Re: Local Danish / Norwegian (?) Stuffing Spoon, Dated 1780

Thank you, finnclouds, for the encouragement. I return your friendly greeting! Hopefully a few more photos of the hallmark, taken from different angles and at higher contrast, will lead to a flash of recognition. http://i51.tinypic.com/259izhi.jpg http://i52.tinypic.com/161f9mw.jpg http://i55.tinypi...
by davidross
Fri Oct 21, 2011 2:49 am
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Dognose Spoon Marked 11L HGK 11L
Replies: 4
Views: 1860

Re: Dognose Spoon Marked 11L HGK 11L

Many thanks Hose_dk for providing such a useful description of early 20th century Danish hallmarking, which is certainly much more complicated than I had surmised from both this site and other sources.

Cheers
DR
by davidross
Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Dognose Spoon Marked 11L HGK 11L
Replies: 4
Views: 1860

Re: Dognose Spoon Marked 11L HGK 11L

Thanks Hose_dk for such a speedy ID on the pattern--quite logically named, too! Yes, I now see several pieces of flatware in this pattern, the majority with Danish hallmarks dated ca 1910-1925. Still, I have a question about the 11L mark. In my (admittedly limited) understanding, by 1900 the loth sy...
by davidross
Wed Oct 19, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese miniature?
Replies: 4
Views: 1493

Re: Japanese miniature?

My apologies, I was too closely focussed on the first photo, and could not determine whether the ruler was cm or inches. Now I see that in the second photo, the ruler has cm on one side and inches on the other. I believe that your diminutive incense burner is not a miniature per se, but was made to ...
by davidross
Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:52 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Bright Cut Silver Spoon Maker?
Replies: 1
Views: 1941

Re: Bright Cut Silver Spoon Maker?

The mark is definitely a Korean-language silver standard mark, not a maker's mark. If memory serves, it means "pure silver" and corresponds to the Japanese "jungin" mark used ca 1890-1940. Regarding the date, I have a slightly different version of the same mark on a teapot that I...
by davidross
Wed Oct 19, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Dognose Spoon Marked 11L HGK 11L
Replies: 4
Views: 1860

Dognose Spoon Marked 11L HGK 11L

Help please with identifying the maker, origin, and approximate date of this 11 loth dognose spoon with rococo engraving to the front of the handle. 21 cm long, 37 grams. The spoon appears to have been made from a single piece of silver, it has no rattail or drop. The three hallmarks are in a straig...
by davidross
Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:07 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Help me please to identify where this article was made...
Replies: 1
Views: 1135

Re: Help me please to identify where this article was made..

Hello

The mark to the base is '"jungin" (pure silver, usually 950 standard), Japanese. Looks like a sake warmer, early 20th century. The lengthened base is made to fit inside a compartment in a long hibachi, or to be set in a pot of hot water.

Hope this helps.
by davidross
Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:00 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Japanese miniature?
Replies: 4
Views: 1493

Re: Japanese miniature?

Hard to say if this is a miniature without any dimensions, but this form certainly looks very much like an incense burner for the Buddhist family altar found in many Japanese homes. These are typically the size of a large teacup or small bowl. The small hollow ball on the lid, attached by a pin, rot...
by davidross
Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:12 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Please Help Identify Maker of 1856 St Petersburg Spoons
Replies: 5
Views: 2482

Re: Please Help Identify Maker of 1856 St Petersburg Spoons

Many thanks again to Qrt.S and Zolotnik for such a wealth of information about two tablespoons. My apologies for the poor quality of the pics in my earlier post, I'm still a novice at picture posting. Hopefully this additional photo will be some small compensation. Kind regards David Ross http://i55...
by davidross
Sat Oct 15, 2011 4:03 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Please Help Identify Maker of 1856 St Petersburg Spoons
Replies: 5
Views: 2482

Re: Please Help Identify Maker of 1856 St Petersburg Spoons

Many thanks Qrt.S for a swift and informative reply! I never would have guessed GAS, but now it appears quite clearly. I am very pleased to learn so much about the master who made these beautiful pieces, also that the pattern is still in existence. I have already looked at a few other pieces by him,...
by davidross
Sat Oct 15, 2011 1:29 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Please Help Identify Maker of 1856 St Petersburg Spoons
Replies: 5
Views: 2482

Please Help Identify Maker of 1856 St Petersburg Spoons

Having read through nearly all of the posts in the Russian silver forum, with respect and a little trepidation I am submitting my first post. In question is a pair of 19 cm long spoons weighing 71 and 74 grams. From perusal of this excellent site, the hallmarks seem to be of the assayer Edward Brand...
by davidross
Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:36 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Local Danish / Norwegian (?) Stuffing Spoon, Dated 1780
Replies: 3
Views: 1758

Local Danish / Norwegian (?) Stuffing Spoon, Dated 1780

This is my first post, having following this forum for the past few years and gained an informal education in hallmarks from this extraordinary site. My thanks to all contributors. I am hoping that someone can help identify the origin and maker of this large fiddle-handled platter or stuffing spoon ...

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