Maker ID please - 1900 Birmingham

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BagpipePlayer
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Maker ID please - 1900 Birmingham

Postby BagpipePlayer » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:43 pm

I’m hoping someone may be able to help me with is mark, it’s on the silver on a set of bagpipes. I’ve worked out that it’s from Birmingham and the year seems to be 1900, but the makers mark looks like just the letter “C”. Who could that be? I can't find any Birmingham silver smiths with just a C as their mark.
I’m hoping to work out the maker of the bagpipes be establishing the silver maker. I contemplating that the “C” could actually be for the bagpipe maker would employed the services of a Birmingham silver smith.
Any information greatly received!
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Re: Maker ID please - 1900 Birmingham

Postby AG2012 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:57 pm

Hi,
Your image embedded.Those are not Birmingham marks.
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Re: Maker ID please - 1900 Birmingham

Postby dognose » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:13 am

Hi,

Welcome to the Forum.

I think what we are looking at here are either Scottish provincial marks, or colonial marking - Australian, Canadian, etc.. The marks are not officially registered ones.

Do you know anything of the history of the pipes? Something that may provide a clue to the origin and point us in the right direction?

Trev.

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Re: Maker ID please - 1900 Birmingham

Postby BagpipePlayer » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:20 pm

Thanks very much for your replies so far. I'm surprised to hear that these are not Birmingham marks, I thought the anchor would be the definitive sign!

As the marks are not officially registered ones, could it be possible that the bagpipe maker employed a Birmingham silversmith who then didn't put his own mark on his work but instead changed it for the bagpipe maker?

The lowercase "a" could indicate the year 1900, which would make sense from what I can determine from the history of the pipes and their likely age. I'm trying to determine the maker of the pipes from the silver maker, but it seems this may well be too difficult!

Thanks,

Mark.

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Re: Maker ID please - 1900 Birmingham

Postby AG2012 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:48 am

Hello again,
Mark, that anchor is definitively not Birmingham assay office anchor mark.
The anchor is completely different,also the shape of the marks and lack of lion passant for sterling.
Anchor is often seen on Indian colonial silver, for example.
Most likely what we have here are maker`s initials ``AC`` and phantasy anchor mark in the middle.
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Re: Maker ID please - 1900 Birmingham

Postby BagpipePlayer » Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:35 pm

AG2012 wrote:Hello again,
Mark, that anchor is definitively not Birmingham assay office anchor mark.
The anchor is completely different,also the shape of the marks and lack of lion passant for sterling.
Anchor is often seen on Indian colonial silver, for example.
Most likely what we have here are maker`s initials ``AC`` and phantasy anchor mark in the middle.
Regards


Thanks very much, that makes sense. You’ve helped me, I’m now considering a bagpipe maker known to have used Indian silver! Thanks a lot!


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