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by JLDoggett
Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:39 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Australian florin silver coin ring
Replies: 3
Views: 2324

Re: Australian florin silver coin ring

These rings are still being made. I am asked to make 2-3 sets as wedding bands each year. The coins are typically from their birth-year (lucky are us older folks born before 1964 when the US switched to clad coinage). For younger folks the bands have to be plated (usually with platinum) to prevent g...
by JLDoggett
Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:58 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Towle Sterling Spoon Hallmark Dating
Replies: 4
Views: 1385

Re: Towle Sterling Spoon Hallmark Dating

The T-lion and 925/1000 marks have been in use for more than a century. Those spoons were still in production in the 1970's.
by JLDoggett
Sat Jul 02, 2016 3:09 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Got a general question
Replies: 5
Views: 1785

Re: Got a general question

Gold-filled does not mean it is yellow gold-filled. The case is obviously 14kt white gold bonded to a nickle base.
by JLDoggett
Mon May 16, 2016 2:45 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: wax seal crest french i think
Replies: 14
Views: 3945

Re: wax seal crest french i think

I would hazard that the initials are spurious at best. Napoleon's cypher was a N surmounted with an imperial crown. Those initials do not fit well in their space which is at odds with most imperial items. Even as he was dying he requested that hhis headstone be marked with just Napoleon (like most k...
by JLDoggett
Fri May 06, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: when is silverplate engraved?
Replies: 5
Views: 1637

Re: when is silverplate engraved?

The standard process would be to engrave after plating. Some item, such as huge-run flatware for corporate clients, may have monogramming or corporate logo as part of the dies with which they are made or as a specialty stamping before plating. But this is rare and very obvious by the width of the st...
by JLDoggett
Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:47 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Doubtful About Country of Origin
Replies: 4
Views: 1375

Re: Doubtful About Country of Origin

If I saw it without marks I would be looking to Russia first, mainly the Kiev area. the engraving reminds me of the prep for niello work, not really popular in England... though in that work the turquoise would be in separate rim that was applied with wires or small tube rivets. curiousner and curou...
by JLDoggett
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Miniature silver bee cage or transporter?
Replies: 3
Views: 1735

Re: Miniature silver bee cage or transporter?

Maybe a tea infuser. For herbals or larger teapot.
by JLDoggett
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:18 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: I think I have a soup server but would appreciate help
Replies: 11
Views: 2306

Re: I think I have a soup server but would appreciate help

Excellent deduction Oel. I agree
by JLDoggett
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:14 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Any help on this?
Replies: 6
Views: 1927

Re: Any help on this?

It looks like a badly damaged half of an engraved, hinged bangle bracelet. length and width are about right, that end could be for the box catch, and I have seen them marked with partial marks on one half and full marks on the other.
by JLDoggett
Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Four Footed Small Bowl with Lid (Purpose / Maker)?
Replies: 2
Views: 1356

Re: Four Footed Small Bowl with Lid (Purpose / Maker)?

I can't make out the mark. The item could be a butter dish, it certainly looks like one.
by JLDoggett
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:17 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What-is-it question CCVI
Replies: 8
Views: 3753

Re: What-is-it question CCVI

A cigar lighter?
by JLDoggett
Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:16 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Tiffany & Co. Cigar Lamp - Authentic??
Replies: 11
Views: 4056

Re: Tiffany & Co. Cigar Lamp - Authentic??

Quite honestly, if I saw that mark I would put the item down and back away, quickly. I have my doubts about the Tiffany & co mark let alone the extra stamped in lettering. Clearly an item to avoid.
by JLDoggett
Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:24 am
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: Inside of Faberge eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 2420

Re: Inside of Faberge eggs

Thank you for the link. As a jeweler I can appreciate the workmanship that went into those pieces. I find them quite exquisite understanding the limitations of the time.
by JLDoggett
Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:04 am
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 3
Views: 7079

Re: Happy New Year!

And to you as well!
by JLDoggett
Fri Dec 25, 2015 2:40 am
Forum: Website Updates & Announcements
Topic: Happy Christmas! - 2015
Replies: 6
Views: 6610

Re: Happy Christmas! - 2015

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
by JLDoggett
Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Whiting manufacturing company - New York
Replies: 14
Views: 3490

Re: Whiting manufacturing company - New York

Cheryl - I added it to my list of things to do, too, LOL some day. I can shed light on your odd letters on footed and covered pieces from Towle. They are internal record marks, used by the silversmiths (I was one once) to keep pieces together when working multiple pieces of the same style. Feet, lid...
by JLDoggett
Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:31 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Whiting manufacturing company - New York
Replies: 14
Views: 3490

Re: Whiting manufacturing company - New York

Hi Cheryl - That is an interesting idea, and sounds like a good paper to write. It could be an industry aberration worth studying. On the first example with the "A" and "J" the pattern is two companion pieces. One would expect the patterns to be sequential in their letters, or at...
by JLDoggett
Sat Dec 12, 2015 3:14 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Whiting manufacturing company - New York
Replies: 14
Views: 3490

Re: Whiting manufacturing company - New York

They would not be engraver's marks as the engraving would have been done after it was finished and considered one piece. Moreover most companies would never allow their engravers to put a personal mark on a piece that was so crudely done.
by JLDoggett
Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:29 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What-is-it question CCV
Replies: 9
Views: 2360

Re: What-is-it question CCV

Silverly, I was thinking in the same vein. A garter clip for hose.

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