Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

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Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby TinyLee1 » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:23 pm

Good Afternoon,

I discovered this nice sterling basket at a local auction. I was hoping to get some help with this hallmark. I have searched and have not found anything. Thanks in advance!

Tina



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Re: Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby dragonflywink » Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:36 am

Doesn't look like an American mark or piece, perhaps South American...

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Re: Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby TinyLee1 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:39 pm

dragonflywink wrote:Doesn't look like an American mark or piece, perhaps South American...

~Cheryl



Thank you for your respone Sheryl!

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Re: Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby AG2012 » Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:39 pm

Almost certainly of Greek origin (letters ПЛ are PL).Countries using Cyrillic alphabet are not capable of making this item today, except for Russia but it`s not Russian for sure.

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Re: Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby dragonflywink » Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:52 pm

Sorry, was viewing on a cell phone, with my failing eyesight, couldn't make out the letters clearly. Greek marks are certainly varied and often eccentric, could be Pi Lambda (ΠΛ) or even Pi Alpha (ΠΑ), but the 'Pi' (Π) doesn't look quite right to me, perhaps just my eyes or a worn stamp - regardless, will move to the other countries forum...

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Re: Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby AG2012 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 4:50 am

Right, the second letter could be Alpha ``A``.The first letter is Pi.
The basket is very strange, as if assembled from different pieces,die stamped acanthus borders and very rude beading of the handle.The pheasant at the top certainly looks like one of those Austrian candle extinguishers.And the purpose of the object is a mystery to me; an urn or vase would make sense, but with handle and pheasant ...
Just my observation.

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Re: Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby dragonflywink » Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:51 am

Agreed - it's an odd piece...

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Re: Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby TinyLee1 » Mon Mar 14, 2016 5:33 pm

I would like to thank you all for you help regarding this crazy basket. I agree, the handle is throwing me also. It does look like a vase to me. It's a nice substantial piece weighing in an 14 ounces ( not weighted). Thanks again, :)


Tina

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Re: Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby JayT » Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:33 pm

A little late to the party here. To me this looks like a sugar urn with slots to hold spoons around the circumference of the vase. I have no idea about the mark.

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Re: Antique Sterling Silver Basket... Hallmark Help!

Postby AG2012 » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:53 am

JayT Excellent observation.Sugar urn with 12 slots (as far as I could count) makes sense.Narrow and deep,though (no dimensions given).I am still ambiguous about the construction of the piece.Whatever,TinyLee1 mash some tea or coffee and enjoy it sweet.
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