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by Sasropakis
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Match Safe identification
Replies: 2
Views: 13

Re: Match Safe identification

ADB stands for Adolph Barsach Davis (London 1927-1936; imported items), see: https://www.silvermakersmarks.co.uk/Makers/London-AA-AC.html#AB Date letter "q" would be for 1931 in London, but I'm not that well aware of how imported items were hallmarked as there are no other British hallmark...
by Sasropakis
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon
Replies: 19
Views: 229

Re: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon

JD is (probably) for Jacob Dammert so it's the maker's mark. And crowned W is the town mark for Viipuri/Vyborg/Wiburg. No country hallmarks were used in Viipuri in the 17th and 18th century, not even during the Swedish era, only in the early 19th century the mark for Finland (single crown) was added...
by Sasropakis
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon
Replies: 19
Views: 229

Re: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon

Maybe this is the official silver hallmark for the Vyborg Governorate established in 1744? There was never such hallmark for the Vyborg Governorate. Only the towns hand their own hallmarks. The administrative history of the area is quite complicated but I''m actually quite well informed about the s...
by Sasropakis
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon
Replies: 19
Views: 229

Re: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon

The town mark of Viipuri has always been W. It comes from the coat of arms of the town. The name of the town in Finnish is Viipuri but it was often written Wiipuri, the same goes for Swedish so Viborg/Wiborg but in German only Wiburg with W (the majority of merchants had German origins and the langu...
by Sasropakis
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon
Replies: 19
Views: 229

Re: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon

I assume that Qrt.S is referring to Leonard Bäcksbacka who has wrote two books about silver (I haven't seen either of them and they might be difficult to find): Narvas och Nyens guldsmeder, Konstsalongens förlag, 1946 St. Petersburgs Juvelerafe, Guld- och Silversmeder 1714–1870 (1951) Viipurin hopea...
by Sasropakis
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon
Replies: 19
Views: 229

Re: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon

I got Marketta Tamminen's book Viipurin hopeat from the library. Unfortunately there's no picture of Jacob Dammert's mark so we have to wait if Qrt.S can find a picture in Bäcksbacka's book. There was a short biography of Jacob Dammert though (p. 157). Here's a summary: Born in 1683 in Sysmä, Finlan...
by Sasropakis
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon
Replies: 19
Views: 229

Re: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon

Qrt.S, thanks for the info. I think I might to go to the local library to check out Marketta Tamminen's book Viipurin Hopeat (2017; the silverware of Viipuri) to see if there's any additional info. It would be very interesting if the spoon is really from Viipuri. The topic really intrigues me so I m...
by Sasropakis
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon
Replies: 19
Views: 229

Re: 18th Century Memento Mori 193mm Rattail Spoon

The spoon looks Scandinavian/Nordic to me. When I saw the pictures it instantly reminded me of some Finnish funerary spoons which sometimes have that kind of somewhat crude decoration. If this was the case then the hallmark could be crowned W for Viipuri (nowadays Vyborg in Russia; German name Wibur...
by Sasropakis
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Help me to identify this salt cellar
Replies: 5
Views: 141

Re: Help me to identify this salt cellar

The spoon is London 1792 as the duty mark is George III. The makers could be George Smith (III) & William Fearn; WF is visible and the loop above them could be for S, and they were partners around that time. The spoon is slightly older that the salt cellar as Egyptian revival style become fashio...
by Sasropakis
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: language of engravings
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: language of engravings

You might try this until someone who can read Hebrew shows up: https://www.lexilogos.com/english/hebrew_dictionary.htm Apparently "תאיר" means "light up" or "shine the light" and the letters above the lion could be "זל" which would be Szell (a name). But as my...
by Sasropakis
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: language of engravings
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: language of engravings

Looks very much like Hebrew to me but you have to take account that the letters in the stamp are mirrored so that in the actual wax seal they would be correct. Unfortunately I can't read Hebrew but I could recognize several letters when quickly comparing them to the letter chart found in the Wikiped...
by Sasropakis
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:32 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: George III Milk Jug
Replies: 1
Views: 112

Re: George III Milk Jug

It's not George III but George IV as the hallmarks are for London 1828. The somewhat gaudy style is appropriate for the rococo revival during the reign of George IV (first as a prince regent and the as a king). Unfortunately it's not possible to know the maker as only "W" can be seen. But ...
by Sasropakis
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: J Howell Pointer/Swagger Stick Identification
Replies: 2
Views: 112

Re: J Howell Pointer/Swagger Stick Identification

The maker's mark look like Jonathan Howell. See also: http://www.925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=32067 I can't quite discern the date letter. It could be "l" = 1906 or "t" = 1914 (1910 would be "p"). You can check the date letters here: https://www.silvermakersmarks....
by Sasropakis
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: age and maker of this box with painting scene
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: age and maker of this box with painting scene

The engraving is based on a work by an Italian artist Francesco Vinea (1845-1902). You can even find the same work on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Vinea If I can see correctly it says "B Wicker" in the right bottom corner and when searching Google by this name you can...
by Sasropakis
Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: 17th century English spoons reworked in the 19th century.
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: 17th century English spoons reworked in the 19th century.

I assume you mean 18th century and not 17th century (1600s). I've never seen that this kind of thing was done to a 17th century spoon but of course there are some examples of similar but genuine baroque decoration found in other objects. I've seen quite many examples of 18th century spoons sold onli...
by Sasropakis
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Damaged or pseudo marks?
Replies: 3
Views: 467

Re: Damaged or pseudo marks?

The shape and orientation of the hallmarks look right to me but the date letter is a bit problematic. The duty mark looks more like William IV than George IV if you compare the shape of the king's head. Then the year could be 1834 with "t" but the problem is that I can't discern the cross ...
by Sasropakis
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 16th Cenury Dutch? French? Silver knife hilt
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: 16th Cenury Dutch? French? Silver knife hilt

I guess you could ask directly from the National Museum of Finland about the knife. If it happens to be indeed from Turku I think they would be interested in knowing about it. Here's a short introduction in English about their historical collections and contact information: https://www.kansallismuse...
by Sasropakis
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 16th Cenury Dutch? French? Silver knife hilt
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: 16th Cenury Dutch? French? Silver knife hilt

Finnish silver from 17th century is very rare so I couldn't find that many examples online for hallmark comparison. Here's one from the National Museum of Finland: https://www.finna.fi/Record/musketti.M012:H2792:7 There are also some real life photos in a book by Raimo Fagerström "Silver in the...
by Sasropakis
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: 16th Cenury Dutch? French? Silver knife hilt
Replies: 26
Views: 1833

Re: 16th Cenury Dutch? French? Silver knife hilt

The crowned A (if it's really that) does remind the town mark of Turku (in Swedish Åbo). It comes from the medieval coat of arms of Turku where the letter A comes from Aboa, the Latin name of the town. However it's definitely not 1822 because then the item should have several other hallmarks like th...
by Sasropakis
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: georgian silver tea kattle with family crest
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: georgian silver tea kattle with family crest

Here's some information about heraldry and the coat of arms in question. I hope it provides some useful information. The coat of arms show hatching so it's possible to deduce the colours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatching_(heraldry) The fret is black and the shield is probably silver which woul...

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