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by Aguest
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Sugar bowl? Persian?
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Sugar bowl? Persian?

There's a category of silver from the Kutch region of India which some people specialize in "Kutch India Silver" and this form reminds me of objects from that region. ::::
by Aguest
Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Unmarked sterling Twisted Master Butter Knife
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Unmarked sterling Twisted Master Butter Knife

Very interesting contrast between the handle and blade. :::: I love these pieces marked only "STERLING" and sometimes I see the same "STERLING" stamp used again and again which I call "The Square Sterling Stamp" because each letter in the word "STERLING" has b...
by Aguest
Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: St.Petersburg Spoon
Replies: 12
Views: 589

Re: St.Petersburg Spoon

What type of hallmark is that on the handle of the first spoon? ::: It looks like a circle with a head inside it, is that technically a kokoshnik mark or is it some other kind of mark? ::: Interesting that the other spoon also has a hallmark of a head, although the cartouche is more angular and squa...
by Aguest
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Dognose spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Dognose spoon

There is a "pseudo hallmark" quality about the hallmarks, as if the silversmith wanted the hallmarks to just barely pass a visual test. ::: Could be made by a silversmith who was a "duty-dodger" and applied pseudo-hallmarks. :::: I have heard of a book on "West Country Provi...
by Aguest
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Dognose spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Dognose spoon

The outlines of the hallmarks are a distinct "wavy-line" pattern that I have seen in pictures of Norfolk silver (assayed in Norwich). ::::: The assay office was closed in 1701 and the silver is quite rare, I have only seen pictures of spoons in museums or auction houses. :::: I wonder what...
by Aguest
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: St.Petersburg Spoon
Replies: 12
Views: 589

Re: St.Petersburg Spoon

This spoon seems to have been cast, a more expensive process, I can't recall the last time I saw a Russian silver spoon which had been cast ::: If I had to guess just based on the pictures, I see more of a German "Rococo Revival" tradition in this particular spoon. :::: I'm willing to be o...
by Aguest
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Flatware Pattern Identification
Topic: Probably Gorham silver spoon - what pattern
Replies: 3
Views: 1748

Re: Probably Gorham silver spoon - what pattern

I found "Patent Pending" on a gumbo spoon with an unusually long handle and it is a very difficult stamp to find. ::: I am wondering if the "Patent Pending" stamp on Versailles flatware is the very first stamp on the very first pieces ::: I've heard rumors of a comprehensive arti...
by Aguest
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: William Blair Benchmen's Mark for Arthur Stone
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: William Blair Benchmen's Mark for Arthur Stone

It's interesting that Blair works for Arthur Stone for such a short period of time. ::: What did Blair do after he left Arthur Stone? :::: It's just interesting that someone who has such immense talent in the silversmithing art would then suddenly shift to another occupation entirely. ::: Thanks. :::
by Aguest
Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Large delicate spoon
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Large delicate spoon

Looks like Norway to my eyes. ::: The hallmark with the cursive initials seems to be the maker's mark. ::::
by Aguest
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unknown mark SA on colonial teaspoon
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Unknown mark SA on colonial teaspoon

The fancy-back part of the spoon made me think about Philadelphia. ::::
by Aguest
Sun Apr 04, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unknown mark SA on colonial teaspoon
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Unknown mark SA on colonial teaspoon

Wait, that's the father of Ayers, that was not a silversmith. ::::: Error. 404. :::::
by Aguest
Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unknown mark SA on colonial teaspoon
Replies: 6
Views: 178

Re: Unknown mark SA on colonial teaspoon

Silas Ayers (1749-1826) No known examples, but that's more like the date of birth that I would expect with this spoon. :::: I'm guessing made in 1770s. :::: Samuel Avery is so close, you just want it to be Samuel Avery so badly, and yet Samuel Avery is too late for the form. :::: Still there's a sma...
by Aguest
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Table Spoon Ovchinnikov
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: Table Spoon Ovchinnikov

The tip of the spoon seems very sharp which I always try to check for signs of use. ::: Seems like this spoon was not used very much at all. :::: What is the length of the spoon? ::::
by Aguest
Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Boston Coin with the makers mark defaced
Replies: 5
Views: 93

Re: Boston Coin with the makers mark defaced

I've seen such obliteration once on a very fancy Gorham server :::: I assume the Gotham server was sold to a retailer and then that retailer hallmark was cancelled and the Gotham server was either sent back to the company or sent to another retailer. :::: I also have noted obliteration on a coin sil...
by Aguest
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Belgium Hall Mark - A.800
Replies: 16
Views: 331

Re: Belgium Hall Mark - A.800

It's one of the more confusing areas I've run into, why this happened in Italy I do not understand. :::: It is confusing that some pieces from Italy marked (800) are actually solid silver, while other pieces are actually silver plated on top of base metal :::: This is a tricky area for the novice si...
by Aguest
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Silver shell Salt help with markings
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: Silver shell Salt help with markings

I'm so used to seeing this form in American silver from 1870-1880. :::: I'm really surprised that this comes from the year 1832 in England. :::: Based on form and style alone, it seems decades ahead of its time. ::::
by Aguest
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:23 am
Forum: Native American Silver
Topic: Serpent Stamp-Who is Native Artist?
Replies: 8
Views: 309

Re: Serpent Stamp-Who is Native Artist?

The snake looks more like a "sidewinder" than a rattlesnake. ::: The font of the "Sterling" stamp I do recognize from many different Native American pieces over the years. ::: That's good it is found in the "unidentified" category so hopefully, given enough time, other ...
by Aguest
Sat Mar 27, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Help with T.W&Co
Replies: 4
Views: 167

Re: Help with T.W&Co

A name alone appears on solid coin silver objects from the mid-19th century. ::: I have always seen this in coin silver and never sterling silver. ::: I wonder if there are a lot of sterling silver objects with only a name stamped on them because I do have a silver bowl with only a name stamped on i...
by Aguest
Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Possibly Scandinavian Snuff Box
Replies: 11
Views: 384

Re: Possibly Scandinavian Snuff Box

You are welcome. :::: Do you believe the mystery has been solved? ::: The last 4 letters seem to be a match, but the first letters seem completely obliterated, but you have the best viewpoint with the object in hand, of course. ::
by Aguest
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Help identifying Hallmark on t motorcycle HARLEY
Replies: 20
Views: 762

Re: Help identifying Hallmark on t motorcycle HARLEY

It very well could be from Israel and that hallmark with the number is one of the "Mem" silver hallmarks which has the letter "Mem" and a number. :::: I believe I see the letter "Mem" and another Hebrew letter next to it (not sure what that letter is) and there is a num...

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