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by doc
Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:15 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Mystery Spoon - 1869 - AF - Lady Wings Motif
Replies: 18
Views: 7823

Re: Mystery Spoon - 1869 - AF - Lady Wings Motif

I think this is most likely a Continental piece, and not American coin.
by doc
Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Cork silver Pepper Pot by George Hodder
Replies: 3
Views: 4006

Re: Cork silver Pepper Pot by George Hodder

I have been away from this site for a while, and am sorry to have been. Gordon, your Cork pieces are really beautiful! I too collect Irish silver, but have yet to add anything from Cork to the collection-yet! Please keep the photos coming.
by doc
Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Lincoln & Reed Silver
Replies: 2
Views: 2852

Re: Lincoln & Reed Silver

A photo would definitely be most helpful; however, Lincoln & Reed was a partnership of silver makers in Boston during the years 1838-1848 and worked in coin silver during that period, so the lack of a sterling mark may well indicate that the piece is coin silver.
by doc
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Collecting Silver Education
Replies: 2
Views: 1454

Re: Collecting Silver Education

You have made a good start by joining this forum! For hallmarks, the pocket edition of Jackson's Hallmarks is a good inexpensive starting point for English hallmarks; the larger edition is a good investment, and for London hallmarks, the out of publication Grimwade's London Goldsmiths is pricey but ...
by doc
Sat Jan 05, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Irish provincial maker?
Replies: 24
Views: 15640

Re: Irish provincial maker?

The Sisters of Loreto operated (and continue to operate) a number of schools and convents in Ireland, including a number in and around Dublin, so I do not think that the engraving is of much assistance in narrowing down the attribution.
by doc
Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:37 pm
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: looking for help on a retailers mark
Replies: 2
Views: 2600

Re: looking for help on a retailers mark

Thank you so much!
by doc
Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: WHO MADE THIS TRAY??? Trouble with mark.
Replies: 2
Views: 3413

Re: WHO MADE THIS TRAY??? Trouble with mark.

The maker was Hallmark Silversmiths, Inc. of New York City, in business during the first half of the 20th century.
by doc
Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:31 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Trying to figure out what this is... please
Replies: 5
Views: 2196

Re: Trying to figure out what this is... please

This is a sugar basket, but also can be used for things like cranberry relish. It would have had a glass liner, usually cobalt or cranberry in color.
by doc
Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: Confusing Marks - Hope someone can help
Replies: 1
Views: 1814

Re: Confusing Marks - Hope someone can help

It would be helpful to see a photo of the entire piece.
by doc
Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:17 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Does anybody know this coin silver mark?
Replies: 7
Views: 4739

Re: Does anybody know this coin silver mark?

The mark is that of James Vancourt of New York City. This mark has an interesting history. In 1848, Vancourt was in partnership with Albert Coles' nephew, William L. Coles, at which time the mark read C over V in the middle diamond. If you look closely at the mark on your piece, you can still see th...
by doc
Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:23 pm
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Help with medal please
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

Re: Help with medal please

I can't answer this definitively without photos, but I believe the medal is sterling and made in Birmingham, England in 1914 by Vaughton & Sons.
by doc
Mon May 28, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: looking for help on a retailers mark
Replies: 2
Views: 2600

looking for help on a retailers mark

At dognose's prompting, I am posting a question regarding an Irish retailer's mark; the attached photo is from a sterling stuffing spoon from 1834 by Richard Garde that I recently acquired (my first piece of Cork silver!), and it has the retailer's mark R.CAVE. I have seen one other piece online fro...
by doc
Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:02 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Help with Sterling flatware
Replies: 3
Views: 1446

Re: Help with Sterling flatware

Hi:

The pattern name is John Alden, originally introduced by Watson in 1911.
by doc
Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Lion P, Star Hallmarked Spoon
Replies: 5
Views: 10426

Re: Lion P, Star Hallmarked Spoon

This is a "faux hallmark" on an American coin silver spoon. The mark is a lion/star/D, and is tentatively attributed to Nelson Haight, a silversmith from Newburgh, NY working from 1839-1859
by doc
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:30 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: 2 items, one of which I know the manufacturer
Replies: 1
Views: 777

Re: 2 items, one of which I know the manufacturer

Assuming that this is the piece for which you have identified the maker, the remaining letters are EPNS, standing for electroplated nickel silver, which indicates that the piece is silverplated over nickel silver.
by doc
Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Need help with marks - silver spoon
Replies: 1
Views: 1054

Re: Need help with marks - silver spoon

The EPNS means "Electroplate Nickel Silver", which means that it is silverplated over nickel. I think that the number may be a patent application number, with the PP meaning patent pending-not positive about that though, as I have never seen a patent application number on a piece of silver.
by doc
Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Flatware Pattern Identification
Topic: Help identifying pattern
Replies: 1
Views: 904

Re: Help identifying pattern

This pattern is known as Assyrian, dated from 1887.
by doc
Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Spoon style names and dates?
Replies: 2
Views: 1523

Re: Spoon style names and dates?

There is also a good reference book. Spoons, by Gail Belden and Michael Snodin; it covers American, English and Continental. I have found it very helpful.
by doc
Sun Jul 24, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unmarked fish slice?
Replies: 2
Views: 2000

Re: Unmarked fish slice?

You have a very nice American coin fish slice by Wood & Hughes, a well known New York City maker and retailer from the 1840's to the late 1890's. This fish slice would have been part of a set that included a fork, and it is possible that the fork was marked; I had a similar fish set by Wood &...
by doc
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: Arts & Crafts Smiths ~ American Handwrought after-1900
Topic: Need Help with Arts & Crafts Ladle Identification
Replies: 2
Views: 3966

Re: Need Help with Arts & Crafts Ladle Identification

I do not know the maker, but the spoon is a mustard or condiment spoon. It would be placed in a mustard or jam pot, hence the long handle. in comparison with the bowl.

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