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by Sasropakis
Tue Nov 19, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: 14th century reliquary head with these markings. Please help identify them.
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: 14th century reliquary head with these markings. Please help identify them.

I've seen some owner's marks used in the 18th and 19th centuries to mark sets of flatware. I don't mean properly engraving a crest or initials which was more usual but simply punching a stamp (for example a heraldic symbol) to the items. A bit like libraries used to stamp their books. Sometimes when...
by Sasropakis
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: 14th century reliquary head with these markings. Please help identify them.
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: 14th century reliquary head with these markings. Please help identify them.

That's an interesting looking item indeed. That kind of reliquaries were made in medieval time and if you have shown it to experts then it's most likely medieval and the patina seems consistent too. I'm not familiar with medieval hallmarking practices but my guess would be that the marks could be so...
by Sasropakis
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: German, French, Dutch, Russian, Scandinavian or Other - Single Image
Topic: 14th century reliquary head with these markings. Please help identify them.
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: 14th century reliquary head with these markings. Please help identify them.

It would be helpful to see photos of the whole item to judge whether it's indeed medieval or not. To me the surface looks more like silver plated and there seem to be suspiciously many hallmarks for a medieval item.
by Sasropakis
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Austrian Art Deco mocha set with Diana Mark
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: Austrian Art Deco mocha set with Diana Mark

I can't help with the hallmarks but the style of the set is very interesting. It echoes the style of neoclassical porcelain items from late 18th and early 19th century made for example by Meissen during the Marcolini period. Especially the handles are strikingly similar.
by Sasropakis
Sun Oct 27, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: British sterling?
Replies: 7
Views: 808

Re: British sterling?

I would just have the broken piece soldered but only if the cost is reasonable. Removing the other bowl would damage the piece even more and make it look rather odd in my opinion. Despite their age Georgian sugar tongs aren't especially valuable so some might even just scrap damaged items although I...
by Sasropakis
Sat Oct 26, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: British sterling?
Replies: 7
Views: 808

Re: British sterling?

Cast tongs are notorious to be quite fragile so most of them have had repairs at some point. Professional silversmith can probably fix the broken piece rather easily. Or were you thinking about replacing the missing part too? That might be quite expensive.
by Sasropakis
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Maker's Mark / General thoughts 1753 Snuffer Tray
Replies: 6
Views: 506

Re: Maker's Mark / General thoughts 1753 Snuffer Tray

I found a drawing of Simon Jouet's mark on this book and it shows the rather distict shape of the mark: https://archive.org/details/oldlondonsilver00howagoog/page/n348 It's almost like a cloud (I don't know if there's a proper term for it) and the shape is very similar to the one on the tray. Additi...
by Sasropakis
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Maker's Mark / General thoughts 1753 Snuffer Tray
Replies: 6
Views: 506

Re: Maker's Mark / General thoughts 1753 Snuffer Tray

Could it be Simon Jouet? His mark looks quite like the the mark here; especially the shape of the shield.
by Sasropakis
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:37 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Maker's Mark / General thoughts 1753 Snuffer Tray
Replies: 6
Views: 506

Re: Maker's Mark / General thoughts 1753 Snuffer Tray

The hallmarks look fine to me. Although the maker's mark is unfortunately damaged it shouldn't be impossible to find a match. The last letter is probably script I (or J; might even be T) and the shield shape is also peculiar so if someone has time and patience to go through London makers' mark list ...
by Sasropakis
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Can anyone help with this crest?
Replies: 3
Views: 756

Re: Can anyone help with this crest?

If hatching is applied properly [see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatching_(heraldry)] I would say that the field on the husband's coat of arms is azure (blue) as there seem to be horizontal lines. The fess and lions could be argent (silver) because there's no hatching. On the other hand the cross...
by Sasropakis
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Spoon, "GN", 1664
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: Spoon, "GN", 1664

Based on the owners' initials it could be Scandinavian. The initials/names seem to include patronymics which were typical in Scandinavia. For example it could be something like Valdemar PettersSon Lund and Maria DanielsDotter in Swedish.
by Sasropakis
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: St. Vladimir pendant (M. Perkhin)
Replies: 6
Views: 665

Re: St. Vladimir pendant (M. Perkhin)

It's not Order of St. Vladimir but just a pendant shaped like an icon with a picture of St. Vladimir (or some other saint). But in any case it definitely doesn't look convincing.
by Sasropakis
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Help needed with spoon id.
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Re: Help needed with spoon id.

I think the maker's mark is IB (or JB) but i couldn't find a match with any British silversmith's mark and it's also lacking the assay marks and the orientation of the maker's mark is also different than typically. I also tried to look around American coin silver hallmarks but couldn't find a match ...
by Sasropakis
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Date letter Poss a "d" (would that tally up)
Replies: 3
Views: 628

Re: Date letter Poss a "d" (would that tally up)

Hello. It's Sheffield 1896. You need to use Sheffield date letter chart and not London: https://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Dates/Sheffield/Date%20Letters%20D.html The maker's mark is correct. https://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Makers/Sheffield-JA-JD.html#JD As a general tip you should always look ...
by Sasropakis
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: George Gray
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: George Gray

If the Bateman mark is upside down then the top letter on the left (in the picture as it is shown) could be partially visible B and the bottom right letter partially visible P so it would match with PB over AB.
by Sasropakis
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Mark identification
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: Mark identification

Looks like Hanau pseudo hallmarks used by Wolf & Knell: https://www.925-1000.com/Fgerman_hanau_marks_01.html
Date is thus late 19th or early 20th century and the style is someting like neo-rococo.
by Sasropakis
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Cannot identify the silver hallmarks
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: Cannot identify the silver hallmarks

To me the crowned leopard's head looks just like it should after years of polishing. The other hallmarks seem to be deeper so they are not that much affected by polishing. I have a salt where all hallmarks are worn by polishing so that only their outlines can be recognized.
by Sasropakis
Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:44 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Cannot identify the silver hallmarks
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: Cannot identify the silver hallmarks

The marker's mar SW is listed unidentified here: https://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Makers/London-SS-SZ.html#SW The date letter could be "h" for 1743 which would be appropriate for the maker. Spoons were hallmarked on the stem at that time so the hallmarks are often "squeezed" a...
by Sasropakis
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Any ideas on this spoon?
Replies: 3
Views: 947

Re: Any ideas on this spoon?

Crowned C was used in town mark for Karlstad in Sweden but then you would need to find three crown's mark, date mark (letter + number, like A4) and also a maker's mark (usually initials, like ALS). I can't really see what the small marks are and the one on the left is hidden by the photobucket banne...
by Sasropakis
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Any information please about this Austrian sugar box?
Replies: 14
Views: 2738

Re: Help please re: key for Biedermeier Austrian sugar box?

I believe a professional locksmith can make a key for the lock, i.e. not just a copy of an existing key (which you don't have) but a new key made according to the lock. At least this kind of answer was found in some Finnish locksmith's FAQ.

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