We inherited several pieces - large tray, veggie servers, small bowls, candlesticks, etc. from Polish grandmother, who married an American in Warsaw in early 1920's. They got number of silver pieces for wedding presents. Also, in the 50s in the US she worked in the silver department of a big department store in Wash. DC. The pieces we've inherited seem to be Russian, but I can't identify the Kokoshniks. One would hope that with that background they are "real" pieces and not "fake".
One Kokosnik (found on several of the pieces) seems more "refined" than those in the reference pages here. I'm showing two examples below.
- The first is on the bottom of a serving dish with a mishmash of other marks. The Kokoshnik faces left and seems more "feminine" than images on this site. Also, there is the number 2 to the left of the lady's head and a small w to the right. To the left of it is a separate left-facing Kososhnik by itself in a circle.
- On the very small container (for salt?) there is a 3 instead of a 2 in front of the Kokoshnik (along with some other seemingly "non-standard" marks). Note a right-facing Koshosnik by itself to the left of the one with the 3. Also, note that the shape surrounding the main Kokoshniks is different from those posted ion this site. Instead of an oval, the ones on my pieces have a curved top and a curved bottom, but straight ends.
BTW, There are different assay marks on our pieces and dates range from 1844 to 1894...if I'm reading them right.
Since these are not nice, neat standard marks, they give me the feel of change...changing regulations, changing regimes, changing...???? Or just fabrication?
What does this Kokoshnik mark tell us? (I apologize if the photos are too large. This is my first post here and I didn't know how to judge. None of my available resizing software shows inches for an image, just the resulting file size. I tried to crop them to cut down unneeded image.)