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by MLF
Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Tea service
Replies: 3
Views: 2044

Re: Tea service

Hello Trev and Zolotnik, Thanks ever so much for this very useful information - and thanks for your kind words, Trev. I am now a father, so alas I find little time these days to cultivate my interest in silver. I do occasionally read posts in the forum though and am glad to see it still going strong...
by MLF
Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:13 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Tea service
Replies: 3
Views: 2044

Tea service

A Danish relative of mine has inherited a Russian tea service. The family story is that an ancestor was a house tutor to a noble family in Russia and was given the tea service by the family when everyone had to flee the October Revolution. The pieces aren't matching. The milk jug is inferior in qual...
by MLF
Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:04 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Austro-Hungarian spoons. Makers FB and BU?
Replies: 10
Views: 6840

Hello Silverport,

Thanks ever so much - that's very useful.

At some point I might collate a list with images of Austro-Hungarian marks; there seems to be so much unknown about the makers.

Kind regards

Mikael
by MLF
Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:46 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Austro-Hungarian spoons. Makers FB and BU?
Replies: 10
Views: 6840

Re: Austro-Hungarian spoons. Makers FB and BU?

Dear Forum, My previous image host has closed down. Here are fresh links to the images of the two Austro-Hungarian spoons: http://thumbnails23.imagebam.com/7511/03789475105102.gif The large spoon measures 8 3/4" and bears three marks: The post-1872 Diana head showing the third standard and 'C' ...
by MLF
Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:37 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Salt cellar from 1809-1819. Who's maker 'CMG'?
Replies: 4
Views: 6077

Re: Salt cellar from 1809-1819. Who's maker 'CMG'?

Hello Forum, My previous image host suddenly disappeared, so here are fresh links to the images: The salt sellar measures 2 1/4" tall and 2 7/8" wide. The clear crystal insert appears to be the original. http://thumbnails23.imagebam.com/7511/0276cc75107299.gif The rooster with a '1' in the...
by MLF
Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:29 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: French spoon - who is maker 'I*D'?
Replies: 0
Views: 1134

French spoon - who is maker 'I*D'?

Hello Forum, I recently aquired this spoon: http://thumbnails26.imagebam.com/7511/57158675107338.gif I presume the spoon is French. It measures 8 ¼", is rather heavy and has an unusually (to me at least) elongated bowl. Does anyone know the maker? I can be 'I*D' or perhaps 'J*D'. Why would the...
by MLF
Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Austro-Hungarian ladles. Who can help with makers?
Replies: 1
Views: 1680

Austro-Hungarian ladles

Hello Forum. My previous image hosting site suddenly stopped operating, so here are the files as saved on another site. Here are the four Austro-Hungarian ladles: http://thumbnails23.imagebam.com/7511/fdae1375105122.gif They range in size from about 9" for the two bouillon ladles to 13" fo...
by MLF
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: Pewter website.
Replies: 3
Views: 1898

Hello Pat,

I can only second Trev's words. Thanks ever so much for creating a pewter site. There has long been a need for it, and I look forward to exploring it.

Kind regards
Mikael
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by MLF
Sat Nov 21, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Unknown vinaigrette II
Replies: 8
Views: 3588

Hello,

It looks like a 'Hovedvandsæg' - a type of 'vinaigrette' used for smelling salts or aromatic vinegar.

It could very well be Danish - but I'm no expert. Hopefully our Danish silver expert Hose.dk will see this post and comment.

Kind regards

Mikael
by MLF
Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: Silver Care / Techniques
Topic: Removing TOUGH tarnish from silverplate
Replies: 9
Views: 43811

Hello Mike, Provided that washing soda works the same as what I used, it should only be a matter of a light polishing. What has happened is that you have converted the tarnish back into silver. In the wild, silver is either tarnished or a dull grey - but once domesticated, it must be polished to sta...
by MLF
Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Repouse chased low chalice, French Hallmarks? Looks 1690ish
Replies: 7
Views: 3662

Just a comment really: The figures on the bowl are wonderfully proportioned. I wonder if you could you describe the scenes in some detail please?

Kind regards

Mikael
by MLF
Thu Nov 13, 2008 2:29 pm
Forum: Silver Care / Techniques
Topic: Removing TOUGH tarnish from silverplate
Replies: 9
Views: 43811

Hello, Your first step should be to attempt converting the tarnish back into silver. I have successfully done this with a heavily tarnished ice bucket. All you need is a sheet of aluminium foil, hot water, baking soda, table salt and a pan or bucket to do this in. 1) Line the pan with a sheet of alu...
by MLF
Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Small Measuring Tool
Replies: 8
Views: 3660

Yes, perhaps something sowing related. Possibly shirt collars and cuffs?

Kind regards

Mikael
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by MLF
Tue Nov 11, 2008 4:45 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Help solve 18 year old mystery for serving platter
Replies: 5
Views: 2452

This is a classic linguistic mine field: In Germanic languages, pewter is termed 'tin' or 'zinn'. In English, the word 'tin' specifically refers to the chemical element which constitutes the most of the pewter alloy (what in Danish would be 'blik').

So tin and pewter aren't synonymous per se.
by MLF
Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:54 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Henry Loring spoons?
Replies: 4
Views: 2994

Fantastic - mange tak, Hose - thank you very much, Blackstone! I'll go and update my files with this very useful information!

Kind regards
Mikael
by MLF
Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Henry Loring spoons?
Replies: 4
Views: 2994

Ah, I see that the post has been moved to the German section - and I certainly agree that the tower mark resembles certain German town marks, such as the one from Hamburg. However, it's atypical, I think, in being little more than an outline - almost as if meant to look European rather than actually...
by MLF
Sun Oct 05, 2008 8:52 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Henry Loring spoons?
Replies: 4
Views: 2994

Henry Loring spoons?

http://thumbnails5.imagebam.com/1496/decaae14951608.gif Hello Forum, I have a set of dessert spoons that mystify me. I initially thought they were made by Henry Loring, but I believe his mark has a dot between the 'H' and 'L' which does not appear to be the case here (the dot is very faint, if ther...
by MLF
Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:42 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Large English Sterling Piece
Replies: 19
Views: 9238

Hello all, I think the dress is too early for Cromwell and still suspect the panels show scenes from the Dutch Revolt. Also, I think the panels may pre-date the rest of the piece. It is possible that the panels focus on François, Duke of Anjou and Alençon (the very same that Elizabeth I called her...
by MLF
Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Large English Sterling Piece
Replies: 19
Views: 9238

Yes, there is clearly a story being told here, and probably one that would be familiar to the audience. Judging from the style of dress in the panels, I wonder if they show scenes from the Revolt of the Netherlands (1568–1648). This is just speculation on my part of course.

Kind regards
Mikael
by MLF
Thu Sep 18, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Halbmond and the 750 standard?
Replies: 2
Views: 2338

Ah, the explanation is rather mundane then! Thanks Bahner - your knowledge of German silver is second to none.

Best wishes
Mikael

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