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by AG2012
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Russian Kovsh verification
Replies: 3
Views: 2820

Re: Russian Kovsh verification

Hi, I fully agree with Qrt.S. It is a modern fake, both the kovsh and the marks (and a poor fake,by the way,not a dangerous one). Standard 88 had better casting properties than lower grade silver and was more often used by reputable silversmiths.So,one would always expect excellent craftsmanship exe...
by AG2012
Fri Jun 28, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Please help with 2x Cigarette cases and Kovsh!
Replies: 6
Views: 3136

Re: Please help with 2x Cigarette cases and Kovsh!

Hi, Sailing boat mark on the right of 84 should stand for Kostroma,but maker`s mark is Pavel Ovchinikov (П.Овчинников) which is extremely controversial. Although the cigarette case looks authentic (images are not very good,though), I think lucrative maker`s mark is faked to increase the value.Beside...
by AG2012
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: 17th century English spoons reworked in the 19th century.
Replies: 5
Views: 3136

Re: 17th century English spoons reworked in the 19th century.

Victorians ruined not only old silver but also many antique furniture with French polish. On the other hand,let's have in mind at the time when they did it silver was not antique in their eyes being less than 100 years old. Serious auctioneers always state later decoration in description and of cour...
by AG2012
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Gold Marks - Worldwide
Topic: Help on my new bought pendant~
Replies: 6
Views: 2987

Re: Help on my new bought pendant~

Hi, As there is no karat fineness and hallmarks for gold, it is obviously rolled gold or gold filled jewelry. Not gold - plated, but much thicker layer of gold heat-fused to base metal and unlike extremely thin gold-plating, it exceeds 5% of gold per total weight. Besides, pearls and amethysts are w...
by AG2012
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Rococo salt
Replies: 3
Views: 4787

Re: Rococo salt

Hi,
I think those are not French marks.
Possibly Hanau.
Regards
by AG2012
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:53 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Silver lid on Danish ceramic base
Replies: 6
Views: 2924

Re: Silver lid on Danish ceramic base

Hi, Ceramics by Michael Anderson can be found with silver mountings by several Danish silversmiths and silver platers (e.g. Cohr, Hans Hansen,Hugo Grün). Your piece, bearing crescent and crown mark,is obviously German made.Later striking (remarking) of German Reichsmark on already mounted ceramic ba...
by AG2012
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: is this German
Replies: 5
Views: 2879

Re: is this German

Hi,
The mark on the right is zodiac sign of pisces (indicating the months when silver was made).
It was used in Denmark and Norway.Without more marks I cannot tell more.
Regards
by AG2012
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Gold Marks - Worldwide
Topic: 9k Gold Ring Makers mark help (confirm hallmarks as well)
Replies: 3
Views: 2200

Re: 9k Gold Ring Makers mark help (confirm hallmarks as well)

Hi,
Yes, ii is import mark of London and date letter for 1980.
Unfortunately, sponsor`s mark (importer) is not well documented.I suggest to consult London Assay Office,
Regards
by AG2012
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: London Caddy Spoon - Pewter or Silver ?
Replies: 4
Views: 3004

Re: London Caddy Spoon - Pewter or Silver ?

Hi,
X was a quality mark on British pewter.It was crowned until 18th century.
Usually one can easily tell the difference between two metals, pewter being very soft.
Regards
by AG2012
Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:21 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Vesta case
Replies: 3
Views: 4868

Re: Vesta case

Hi,
This is not French maker`s mark.Besides,if that is the only mark, cannot be French vesta case.
Generally, if there is only maker`s mark, it is almost impossible to identify the country, and let alone the silversmith.
Regards
by AG2012
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:55 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Fasces: Italy?
Replies: 8
Views: 3699

Re: Fasces: Italy?

Hi,
Unusual to have Roman fasces on German cigarette case (it is a cigarette case, right ?).
On the other hand, very appropriate gift by a German to his Italian friend in the thirties.
Regards
by AG2012
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: American Jewelry
Topic: Does anyone know the makers mark of this piece?
Replies: 4
Views: 5418

Re: Does anyone know the makers mark of this piece?

Hi,
There is a volcano and palm trees.
Any idea where it is ? Mexico ?
regards
by AG2012
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Silversmith ID
Replies: 5
Views: 3050

Re: Silversmith ID

There are not many silversmiths starting with M dot in PL working in St Petersburg at the time.
Try to eliminate one by one.
by AG2012
Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Silversmith ID
Replies: 5
Views: 3050

Re: Silversmith ID

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by AG2012
Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Silversmith ID
Replies: 5
Views: 3050

Re: Silversmith ID

Hi,
The mark is not well struck (applied) so, there is double struck one letter of the initials (M).
Egg coin purse has two halves, therefore both halves should bear the same marks.
Another mark should be better, because striking both marks wrongly the same way is hardly possible.
Regards
by AG2012
Sat Jun 01, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Prata Wolff
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: Prata Wolff

Hi, Magnetic test is done to exclude, not to prove. If positive it excludes silver. If negative.it does not prove it IS silver. In short, magnetic test is done to EXCLUDE precious metals (if positive). Although platinum is very weakly magnetic. Never heard of non magnetic ferro alloys and steel. Reg...
by AG2012
Fri May 31, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Prata Wolff
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: Prata Wolff

Hi, There are exactly the same items made of silver (prata) and stainless steel. The link to their catalogue: https://www.wolffbrasil.com.br/catalogo Marks are not shown, though.It goes without saying that stainless steel is magnetic, silver is not. So, test it with magnet then electronically for th...
by AG2012
Fri May 31, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Plz help identify this mark on a Jewish? Goblet. Russian? Israel?
Replies: 8
Views: 6147

Re: Plz help identify this mark on a Jewish? Goblet. Russian? Israel?

Hi,
It is Moscow 1896.
Maker^s mark is on the left, but not clean and too dark to decipher, particularly the first letter is important.The second looks like Ч (Cyrillic).
Regards
by AG2012
Thu May 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Do You Know this Maker?
Replies: 5
Views: 3560

Re: Do You Know this Maker?

Hi, This is very nice sweetheart brooch and fully marked, too,which is rather uncommon compared with many examples simply marked sterling during the Great War.It is still a mystery to me that so many sweetheart brooches are without British hallmarks.Possibly made elsewhere inthe Commonwealth. Yours ...
by AG2012
Mon May 27, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Need help with this spoon, mystery marks?
Replies: 3
Views: 3831

Re: Need help with this spoon, mystery marks?

Hi,
Letter Z of this form was used on silver in Zürich (Switzerland) for several centuries.
Regards

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