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by dragonflywink
Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Arts & Crafts Smiths ~ American Handwrought after-1900
Topic: Handmade sterling hallmarked with D inside wheel
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Handmade sterling hallmarked with D inside wheel

deMatteo - William L., if I recall correctly...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Mon May 27, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Help needed with this reversed handle spoon
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: Help needed with this reversed handle spoon

Someone decided to straighten out a baby spoon - the handle should be formed into a loop, bringing the pattern onto the top...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sat May 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Help with Swedish jewelry mark
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: Help with Swedish jewelry mark

They're a classic Wiwen Nilsson design, and bear his marks.

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Wed May 08, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Flatware Pattern Identification
Topic: Very Ornate Pattern - NO Makers Mark
Replies: 9
Views: 2330

Re: Very Ornate Pattern - NO Makers Mark

They're from Cyprus - my memory isn't what it used to be, but believe they're for fruit or sweetmeats. Still in production, mostly in Lefkara...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: pepperpots - look middle eastern
Replies: 11
Views: 2860

Re: pepperpots - look middle eastern

Might add that while it's a less common fineness, Iranian .900 silver is also usually marked as '90', though not often in European-style numbers. The '84%' mark shown below is from Rezazadeh's 'Collectible Silver Jewelry' (2001), the maker's mark described as belonging to the 'Ardokhanian' family, s...
by dragonflywink
Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: pepperpots - look middle eastern
Replies: 11
Views: 2860

Re: pepperpots - look middle eastern

I continue to be troubled by the assertion that the '84' (as expressed in either European or Arabic numerals) on Iranian/Persian silver indicates a fineness of .875 based on the zolotnik system - am hoping the matter might be cleared up. My understanding is that while the European-style '84' marks m...
by dragonflywink
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Blackinton boot but not a corkscrew. No idea what it is!
Replies: 6
Views: 2552

Re: Blackinton boot but not a corkscrew. No idea what it is!

It's a marriage, your novelty riding-boot is missing its corkscrew/bottle opener, Blackinton also made a similar golfbag, they had a wooden liner that served the dual purpose of holding the corkscrew in and protecting the relatively thin silver from interior damage. The other piece looks to me like ...
by dragonflywink
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse
Replies: 5
Views: 1057

Re: Unmarked Coin? 1790 Demitasse

Probably Norwegian, won't be able to ID a maker of course, but the prick-engraved date is nice, the decorative rocaille engraving is typical. To be clear, the spoon was not cast, it was wrought, nor does a drop on a spoon indicate a 'join' or two-part construction...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Flatware Pattern Identification
Topic: I have a mystery GORHAM Spoon, pussuby hindoo, need help
Replies: 12
Views: 1991

Re: I have a mystery GORHAM Spoon, pussuby hindoo, need help

It is one of the many variants of Gorham's 1870s 'Hindoo' pattern...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Russian Silverplate flatware ?
Replies: 4
Views: 720

Re: Russian Silverplate flatware ?

Ahhh, does look more like 'Benson" - perhaps a J.W. Benson mark?

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Mon Apr 01, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Russian Silverplate flatware ?
Replies: 4
Views: 720

Re: Russian Silverplate flatware ?

The English mark appears to read 'BEASON' and find it attributed to 'Beason & Sons' - not a firm I'm familiar with...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Thimble Size [7] [925] [Six-Point Star w/Letter]
Replies: 2
Views: 650

Re: Thimble Size [7] [925] [Six-Point Star w/Letter]

Believe that's Gebrüder Gabler, or later, Greif, but perhaps not with a 6-point star? Been quite a while since I've dealt with thimbles, but seem to recall the use of 925 fineness rather than 800 on German thimbles usually indicates later production. Looks like there are remnants of enamel? ~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Thu Mar 28, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Re: Silver Brooch/Neckalce Marked 875
Replies: 5
Views: 1024

Re: Silver Brooch/Neckalce Marked 875

Perhaps we could see a close-up of the mark, suspect it might be a poorly struck '925' rather than '875'. The Bedouin triangular filigree pendants or brooches like this, with the dangles and little applied flower and diamond elements, when found with a numeric fineness stamp, and the safety catch on...
by dragonflywink
Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details
Replies: 9
Views: 1840

Re: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details

Personally, just can't see these pieces as any kind of Native American production at all, so also not seeing the significance of what materials were or are NA used. While the eyes look more like glass to me, it's really pretty difficult to determine from a photograph whether tiny little cabochons ar...
by dragonflywink
Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details
Replies: 9
Views: 1840

Re: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details

The turquoise eyes are not bezel-set, just glued in, believe they are most likely glass - not sure what would indicate 1970s dating, but suspect these pieces are not even that early, personally doubt they're any more than 20-30 years old. A quick internet search finds a frame by the same maker, no i...
by dragonflywink
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: Unidentified Maker's Mark "W"
Replies: 4
Views: 1499

Re: Unidentified Maker's Mark "W"

To my eye, this looks like it might be a 19th century lancet style spoon, from Germany or thereabouts - am moving it to the German forum for more views...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Unusual lamp/burner - what’s it used for?
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Unusual lamp/burner - what’s it used for?

Looks like a WMF silverplate cigar lamp...

~Cheryl
by dragonflywink
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details
Replies: 9
Views: 1840

Re: JM or Stylized M Sterling Card? Picture Case w/ Dragonfly & Flower Details

I've seen this design before on different pieces, and should remember the mark, which I believe is, as suggested, a conjoined 'JM', but my memory is not what it was. Do not believe it is has much age, and not Arts & Crafts or NA - will go ahead and move it to 'Sterling after 1860' forum for more...
by dragonflywink
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: Silver Plate Trademarks - Single Image
Topic: unknown mark on cup
Replies: 2
Views: 1031

Re: unknown mark on cup

Eh, it is always frustrating to be shown only a mark and given minimal information. Is there a reason you can't post a picture of the cup? The small bit that can be seen seems to show plating wear revealing copper, is that so? Might the piece be French in style? From what I can make out, the mark lo...
by dragonflywink
Thu Mar 14, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Need Maker & Pattern help for vintage sterling flatware set
Replies: 4
Views: 809

Re: Need Maker & Pattern help for vintage sterling flatware set

Welcome, Jerry. Good job on posting pics...

The pattern is International Silver's 'Splendor', by their prolific designer Alfred G. Kintz, introduced in 1939.

https://www.925-1000.com/ax_international.html

~Cheryl

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