\oel wrote:This spoon never has seen an official assay office, the silver standard or fineness is indicated by the oval mark 835 or 835/100 silver fineness or 83.5% pure silver.Peter.
Some explanation why I was surprised by it.
The same rules apply in France and in Belgium
In France / Belgium, retailers are not allowed to use a lozenge shaped / a barrel shaped, that is only reserved for a silversmith.
Instead, the retailers use a square or something else.
When someone does this and also with a non-official mark of the fineness mark, he can be removed in the registration for life
The spoon, made in Holland, with Dutch maker's mark has no Dutch hallmarks. To be sold in Belgium, in order to comply with the Belgian law, a registered Belgian responsibility mark (retailers mark) and unofficial fineness mark must me applied.
The Kingdom of Belgium
According to my source in accordance with the Order in Court of November 28th 1939, effective on January 1st 1942, voluntary hallmarking remains in existence, but makers may no longer use precious metal contents below 500/1000.
The standard of fineness of precious metal objects must henceforth be guaranteed. Either by the makers, importers and retailers using their personal responsibility mark a mark registered bij the Royal Belgian Mint, or by a mark of the only remaining assay office in the Royal Brussels Mint, or by foreign hallmarks.
Royal Belgian Mint
Registered responsibility mark of maker, importer and retailer are in a barrel shaped shield.
Source Goud en Zilverwerken van Voet Koninkrijk Belgie page 205 and Netherlands' Responsibility marks Part I, page 88.
I do not have Walter van Dievoet volume III of the General Index
Could you reveal your source?
oel wrote:Royal Belgian Mint
Registered responsibility mark or maker, importer and retailer are in a barrel shaped shield.
[i] Source Gold and Silver Works of Voet Koninkrijk Belgium page 205
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