Silver Locket with Thistles

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Silver Locket with Thistles

Postby Chachi » Wed May 11, 2016 10:27 pm

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Please help me determine if it's Scottish or Birmingham. I'm a bit confused by the Hallmark.

Thanks for your input.

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Re: Silver Locket with Thistles

Postby AG2012 » Thu May 12, 2016 3:16 am

Hi,
Welcome to the forum.
Assay office mark is missing, most probably under tin-lead soft solder used to fix thistles (not very professional repair).
Queen Victoria head duty mark.
Date letter looks like 1876 /1877 for Birmingham.
If so, the maker could be Edwards & Ball of Birmingham (registered 1839).
My assumption, assay office missing, is based on the shape of date letter and lion passant at the time.
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Re: Silver Locket with Thistles

Postby silvermakersmarks » Thu May 12, 2016 12:56 pm

I agree with Birmingham 1876 but E&B may not be Edwards & Ball as their mark, illustrated by the Birmingham Assay Office, has characters with serifs, not, as here, without serifs. In fact they may not have been in business in 1876 as I was unable to find them listed in an 1858 Trades Directory.

Phil

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Re: Silver Locket with Thistles

Postby AG2012 » Thu May 12, 2016 2:57 pm

Actually I forgot to mention another E&B in Birmingham (not identified).

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Re: Silver Locket with Thistles

Postby Chachi » Thu May 12, 2016 3:35 pm

Thank you both! This is very helpful!


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