Qrt.S wrote: Your sugar basket has no maker's mark because it is imported from who knows where, anyway, most likely Germany.
I want to tell that in Yashinkov's work there was no evil (commercial) intention. Only the negligent relation to the duties. Understand me correctly.
He was the honored official. After dismissal from a position of the head of Assay Office, the Mining Department continued to pay for his merits to him the same salary.
Charges of violation of accuracy of definition of a finess of silver (and gold) are absent. Silver and gold were analyzed correctly.
But, during Yashinkov's management of the St. Petersburg assay office, Petersburg silversmiths often weren't registered at office,
- didn't show at registration of prints of his punches,
- brought products not regularly,
- often didn't put makers punch and etc.
The new Head of the St. Petersburg office (M. M. Karpinsky) had to improve work of office considerably.
Why would a master not punch his maker's mark on an object he has made? Isn't the maker's mark as well a trade mark/logo as an advertisement to potential buyers now and in the future i.e. "This object is made by me XX! Isn't it beautiful and well made?". That is what e.g. Fabergé did, didn't he? He put his mark on his production and became famous and known by almost everybody in those days and is well known still today. What might have happened if Fabergé hadn't punch his mark on his objects? Punching the maker's mark on every object made in the workshop making yourself known is the whole point with the mark! In addition, also a question of responsibility of course.
The above mentioned leads undoubtedly the cold fact that leaving an object unmarked by the maker is a dead end! Nobody knows who made it and therefore there is no "address" where to put new orders or whom to turn to.
Conclusion: Please don't present fairy-tales of why a Russian made object has no maker's mark but is hallmarked. I gave you the answer: It is imported! That is a fact that cannot be overseen. On the other hand, an object can carry a maker's mark only. There are many reasons for that, but that is another story.
All above mentioned complies with the regulations, assay charters etc....That is the answer I got. Disagree if you can.
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