Multi-marked (MG, WB & BS2) apostle spoon. Old continental s

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Essexboy Fisher
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Multi-marked (MG, WB & BS2) apostle spoon. Old continental s

Postby Essexboy Fisher » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:53 pm

Hello I recently obtained, as interesting, the 9 centimeter long probable apostle spoon shown below.
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It does not obviously appear British silver or silverplate. I believe it is a silver spoon but I am looking to the forum to give a more definitive view. On the assumption it was silver, I reviewed “925-1000”’s figural world marks but found only a few possible places of origion for the spoon. Germany was my most likely country of manufacture though I would be easily persuaded to any other group of silversmiths.
I hope the spoon photo raises some discussion for forum members and gets me some enlightenment.
Yours
Fishless (possibly Clueless).

p.s. I will say sorry now to the administrators if this post is in the wrong group.

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Re: Multi-marked (MG, WB & BS2) apostle spoon. Old continent

Postby oel » Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:01 pm

Hi , Dutch with Dutch pseudo marks. The maker's mark RS above 2 is for: Rinze Jans Spaanstra, registered in Drachten, Wommels, Berlicum and Nijehaske ( cities in the Dutch province of Frisia/Friesland), registered during 1864-1896. Known maker of spoons with pseudo marks.

Please check for other Dutch hallmarks, sorry for the short discussion.


Oel,

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Re: Multi-marked (MG, WB & BS2) apostle spoon. Old continent

Postby Essexboy Fisher » Wed Jul 24, 2013 6:45 pm

Hello and thank you Oel for such a prompt reply to my query. I was undecided as to the silversmith type mark being “BS2” or “RS2” but at that time and still now I have not been able to make the Dutch silversmith web site work for me. I am listing a larger image of the marks.
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These European “Psuedo” silver marks confuse me a bit still. Are they put exclusively on items made in silver, but the items do not contain an amount of silver up to a country’s parts per 1000 minimum standard? In my case as “R J Spaanstra” was proud enough to put his official mark on my spoon so one assumes it should be a “silver” spoon and not a spoon made from an alloy containing no silver at all.
Thanks again to the forum the extra insight you supply.

Fishless (now less Clueless).


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