“M” in Australia Sterling silver mark

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Essexboy Fisher
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“M” in Australia Sterling silver mark

Postby Essexboy Fisher » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:51 pm

I was just lucky enough to buy a decorative possibly “Arts & Crafts” teaspoon.The spoons finial has a small piece of “opal” in the representation of a flowering plant. I am not a botanist but I am guessing it could be a “bottlebrush” plant. I was encouraged to buy the spoon because I was intrigued by the maker’s mark, an “M” inside the image of the mainland of Australia.

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I was familiar with “F.J.Mole” the Australian silversmith and I did know his usual illustrated mark was “M” inside a square cartouche. With this hyper styled spoon I thought a changed mark could be a style augmentation. “F.J.Mole” started in business in the 2nd decade of 20th century and there is still a company bearing this name now. I could not find any help on line and did contact F.J.Mole Silversmiths & Platers in Brisbane. They kindly quickly replied with the information that they believed the spoon was not by “F,J.Mole”.
Are there any more ideas on the forum to identify this “M” in Australia mark and maybe also the plant’s name?
Fishless

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Re: “M” in Australia Sterling silver mark

Postby dognose » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:34 am

Hi Fishless,

The spoon was made by an Australian company named Carmelle. I've never been able to find out anything about them. Their production appears to be from, I guess, around the 1940's, 1950's period from the examples that I've seen.

Trev.


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