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Makers mark CK, strange marks. Colonial Silver?

Posted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:57 pm
by justoneon
Hello All,

I am having some real trouble identifying the following marks on what appears to be an early 19th Century Irish or Colonial Silver Fish slicer.
At the top is an unidentified duty mark, underneath the letter Q, underneath that is Hibernia??? underneath that a Harp without a crown and then under that the makers mark CK.

My feeling from doing some research tells me it is Colonial silver possibly made by an irishman who wasn't too keen on the English Monarch and decided to drop the crown on the harp, or chinese export silver?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

http://s984.photobucket.com/user/Justoneon/slideshow/colonial%20silver

Re: Makers mark CK, strange marks. Colonial Silver?

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:31 am
by dognose
Hi,

Welcome to the Forum.

The mark is a known one, but as yet, unidentified. What is known is that this 'CK' was a Cantonese maker working in the period c.1840-c.1865.

It is the only CES mark known that uses pseudo Dublin marks.

Trev.

Re: Makers mark CK, strange marks. Colonial Silver?

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:12 am
by justoneon
Ahh right.

Well that makes more sense! Thanks for that, Its given me a great lead.

Thanks

Re: Makers mark CK, strange marks. Colonial Silver?

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:41 am
by justoneon
Trev,

Do you know where I may find that info about CK that you mentioned?

Cheers

Re: Makers mark CK, strange marks. Colonial Silver?

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:06 am
by dognose
You can find it in The Collectors’ Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940 - Third Edition - Adrien von Ferscht - 2013

Trev.

Re: Makers mark CK, strange marks. Colonial Silver?

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:55 am
by justoneon
Thanks once again, I will have a look.

Cheers,

Re: Makers mark CK, strange marks. Colonial Silver?

Posted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:03 pm
by FTJJ
I had seen a Chinese silver bowl stamped with CK mark. The bowl is decorated with scenes depicting the 1911 anti-gambling campaign in Canton Province. This may imply that silversmith CK practiced in Canton around period of the campaign.