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by Qrt.S
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Silver spoon?
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Silver spoon?

The three tower mark guarantees a minimum fineness of 830/1000. It is also the fineness mark.
by Qrt.S
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Early 17th Century Gierdt Frolich, Bergen, Norway Spoon #2
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Re: Early 17th Century Gierdt Frolich, Bergen, Norway Spoon #2

Correct, but in Norwegian Giertt Frølich in Bergen 1597-1617
by Qrt.S
Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: 18th Century Scandinavian Ball Top Spoon
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: 18th Century Scandinavian Ball Top Spoon

Sitting indoors in korona quarantine is a bit boring but opens possibilities to browse unanswered old threads. Guess what legrandmogol, I found the man. IMS is Jacob Michelsen Steen in Bergen in Norway. He became master 1722 and was alderman in the guild 1735-1737. He died 26.3.1740. His widow Elisa...
by Qrt.S
Fri Mar 20, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Marks on Kovsh
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Marks on Kovsh

You are welcome,
BTW, I forgot to tell that Zverev is known for his enameled kovshes.
by Qrt.S
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Marks on Kovsh
Replies: 4
Views: 134

Re: Marks on Kovsh

Hello Martin, When we in these day talk about Russian works especially in cloisonnee, we must be very careful. The market is full of fakes. However, I believe this kovsh is genuine. I should have the same marks on the handle but around the turn of the century it was not anymore mandatory to mark eve...
by Qrt.S
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:46 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik

@Waldemar Unfortunately some "sellers" draw hasty conclusions based on nothing only in order to make money. In this case ЭК versus EK. ..Who cares but the difference is big even if both show "similar EK". Search on Internet for Erik Kollin and you will find that he worked with go...
by Qrt.S
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: French silver?
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: French silver?

The mark to the left has undoubtedly some similarities with Bergen's town mark, but that's about all you can say about this badly "fixed" fish server. What kind of a silversmith (definitely a goof) destroys an object's silver marks? In addition, it doesn't actually look Norwegian (in my ey...
by Qrt.S
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik

@Atlas,
You are welcome. FYI, please do not think that I just read the text and that's that. As I said it took quite a while to "interpret" and imagine what was written. I also tried to understand what you are asking for, but unfortunately a too long haul for me, no idea, sorry.
by Qrt.S
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik

@Valdemar The Finn Erik Kollin was the head workmaster at Fabergé 1868-1889. He is best known for his high quality gold work. e.g. the replicas of the gold objects and jewellery found in the Kul-Oba burial mound 1830. He is also known for the first imperial egg, the Hen Easter Egg that was most like...
by Qrt.S
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik

Sorry, forgot to tell the assayer. He is Ivan Vonifatievitch Yestigneyev, active in St. P. 1870-1894
by Qrt.S
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik
Replies: 9
Views: 344

Re: Help needed with the maker's marks / podstakannik

Good evening Atlas, A very nice podstakannik. Yes, the maker is Edward Kortman in St. Petersburg. FYI Erik Kollin ( 1836-1901) never used Cyrillic letters in his initials and punch. He always marked Latin EK. Sometimes Kortman's Cyrillic mark ЭК is claimed to be Kollin's mark that is not the case. A...
by Qrt.S
Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: Unknown hallmarks
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: Unknown hallmarks

It is made in Tønsberg in Norway during the first half of the 20th century. The maker is Thorvald Marthinsen Sølvarefabrikk. Yes it is 830/1000 silver.
by Qrt.S
Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Silver Plate Trademarks - Single Image
Topic: Identify hallmarks
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Re: Identify hallmarks

@AG2012
According to Troepolskaja #18844 and #18845 the same mark was used 1957 and 1967 (!?) How to know what year?
FYI,
The other mark "мельх." (мельхиор) stands for German silver.
by Qrt.S
Mon Mar 09, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Silver cup from Danmark or Germany?
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Silver cup from Danmark or Germany?

The cup is made in 1855 in Bergen. The maker is Carl August Lahn, born around 1816 and dead 1869, master 1841-1865 when he was sentenced for forced labor. In 1865 he presumably emigrated to USA.
by Qrt.S
Sun Mar 08, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Far East
Topic: Can anyone help, very large silver spoon
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Can anyone help, very large silver spoon

Dear Peter, With due respect. This topic has been discussed before. In general you are right if we are talking about silver worldwide. Unmarked legal silver exists but is uncommon. This spoon is, however, most likely European made. In Europe there are very little unmarked silver produced. What unmar...
by Qrt.S
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Can anyone help, very large silver spoon
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Can anyone help, very large silver spoon

Äh! I made a typo, sorry. It should read: "The acid test is rather unreliable."
by Qrt.S
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Can anyone help, very large silver spoon
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Can anyone help, very large silver spoon

No silver marks, not silver. If acid test is rather unreliable. This statement has been made here many times. However, if the acid test indicates silver and you have no hallmarks, it is most likely silver plated, e.g EPNS.
by Qrt.S
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Russian spoon.
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Russian spoon.

Yes, the mark is very unclear. However, Moscow's town mark has many shapes but as I said; a guess is better than nothing.
by Qrt.S
Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Russian spoon.
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Russian spoon.

Rather poor marks indeed. The town mark is a smudge as well as the assayers initials. However, a partly B seems to glimpse and the rest could be BC. That would be Veniamin or Viktor Savinsky. If I had to guess something, I would say that the master is Aleksey Osipov in Mocow 1863-1868. I'm, however,...
by Qrt.S
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Russian Candlestick
Replies: 6
Views: 216

Re: Russian Candlestick

I'm a still bit doubtful. Silver is almost always marked with official country specific silver hallmarks and maker's marks. To recognize with your eyes only is an object silver or not is like a shot in the dark. Sometimes even separating German silver from silver can be difficult. It has to be teste...

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