I've spent hours trying to figure out what this item it. It has russian silver hallmarks and a stag handle. The curved, chisel edge blade measures 2-7/8" long. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Excuse me if I ask for clarification, Russian silver is not really my field, but on this site http://www.silvercollection.eu/russians ... lmark.html there are some examples of Russian silver with fineness 88. Are they fake? The object could be a cigar cutter? Thanks for the attention Amena
There was 88 zolotniki fineness, mostly used by prominent silversmiths for the highest quality objects. Being softer alloy than 84 I see no logic in using it for cutting edge of any kind. Cannot figure out how the knife works and its purpose, but again, I find this kokoshnik mark wrong in many aspects.
I don't either know what it is used for, but if it is supposed to be a knife, it is useless. The "silver" is too soft. Moreover, I also share AG 2012's opinion, the marks are pure fantasy even if there are some similarities. They have, anyway, nothing to do with Russia
Hello again, Fineness ``88`` is not the main issue here.Its advantage was better casting properties (relief details) and was mostly used for exquisite objects. Unfortunately,whatever the purpose of this strange object (with serrated edges), marks have nothing to do with Imperial Russian marks. Best wishes