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by bstaunto
Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Far East
Topic: Impressive Chinese Export Soup Ladle - Linchong, circa 1810
Replies: 3
Views: 1985

Impressive Chinese Export Soup Ladle - Linchong, circa 1810

Hi team,

Here is a stunning piece (IMHO) of Chinese Export silver. This decorated OE Pattern ladle is marked with the pseudo hallmarks for Linchong, who was working out of Canton in the first part of the nineteenth century.

His work is often high quality.
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Ben
by bstaunto
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Rat-Tail Hanoverian - MM with Crescent above
Replies: 4
Views: 2817

Rat-Tail Hanoverian - MM with Crescent above

Hi everyone,

Wondering about this spoon. Does anyone know this mark? Is it Provincial English? Or maybe European?

It seems the crest and motto could be Bain or Ferguson.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Thanks,
Ben
by bstaunto
Mon Jan 30, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Scottish Provincial Sugar Tongs - Alexander Stewart (Inverness and Tain)
Replies: 1
Views: 5579

Scottish Provincial Sugar Tongs - Alexander Stewart (Inverness and Tain)

Hi team, Can I get confirmation that these are by Alexander Stewart? There is a set of marks on each arm (same marks). I'm assuming from the style of tongs that they are from his time in Inverness (rather than Tain), but are his marks from each town identifiable? https://www.925-1000.com/pics/Ximg.j...
by bstaunto
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Possible Chinese pseudo marks?
Replies: 2
Views: 2522

Re: Possible Chinese pseudo marks?

Hi Martin,

I have a marrow scoop with near identical marks, but sadly no attribution yet.

(They are in Houstone's Early Australian Silver as unknown, possibly Australian).

Let's hope we can solver the mystery eventually!

Ben
by bstaunto
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: John Nicholson makers mark?
Replies: 2
Views: 1588

Re: John Nicholson makers mark?

Hi James,
This would probably be a Scottish silversmith, I see silvermakersmarks has it as unidentified Edinburgh.

I don't think there is any evidence of John Nicholson heading over that way.

Cheers,
Ben
by bstaunto
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Scottish Provincial Towns - Order of rarity?
Replies: 3
Views: 2693

Re: Scottish Provincial Towns - Order of rarity?

Thanks Martin!
by bstaunto
Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Arabian Tray
Replies: 6
Views: 3409

Re: Arabian Tray

Great find in a random box! Wish I had managed that!

Happy New Year!

Ben
by bstaunto
Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:49 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Scottish Provincial Towns - Order of rarity?
Replies: 3
Views: 2693

Scottish Provincial Towns - Order of rarity?

Hi team,

I did once see a list on a forum (maybe this one?!) that presented a suggested order for the rarity of Scottish Provincial Silver.

Is there a generally accepted list somewhere?

Or is there one of our members who would be happy to share theirs?

Thanks,

Ben
by bstaunto
Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Arabian Tray
Replies: 6
Views: 3409

Re: Arabian Tray

Hi Jannie, I'm not sure if you've translated the arabic on your tray? It is indeed Sudanese silver. And normally will have three pieces of information in the arabic: 1) the silversmiths name 2) the city it was made 3) the year it was made. The year is interesting, it uses arabic numbers, but goes fr...
by bstaunto
Thu Sep 01, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Chinese Export Spoons with Portugese Marks?
Replies: 1
Views: 1050

Chinese Export Spoons with Portugese Marks?

Hi team, I've had these spoons a little while, they are very heavy in true Chinese Export style. They also have two extra marks. One I think is the fineness mark for Lisbon (.833) from 1886-1938. Does that seem right? The second is also Portugese, marked PART, Tardy describes it as Private. Does any...
by bstaunto
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Teapot Stand - R.B
Replies: 0
Views: 1424

Teapot Stand - R.B

Hi team, Just picked this up. Has a colonial feel to it. Interesting the number of scallops around the edge. It has three marks to it. The first pretty much unrecognisable and the R.B twice. (The fourth is just mark the centre for the making of the piece I think). Has anyone seen this mark before? O...
by bstaunto
Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Pair of Wine Labels - MD and unknown devices
Replies: 0
Views: 1360

Pair of Wine Labels - MD and unknown devices

Hi team, Got this little pair recently. Unsure if they are Scottish provincial? Or colonial? Different set of marks on each...one has the initials MD and two others (peas in a pod?!). The second the same two and a third potential mark. http://i68.tinypic.com/jz6vqf.jpg http://i63.tinypic.com/ix9fs9....
by bstaunto
Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Canadian Mark Help with confirmation - Munro -
Replies: 2
Views: 2247

Re: Canadian Mark Help with confirmation - Munro -

Hi there,

From a distance, this looks like a good match for Alex Munro's mark in Langdons.

Cool pair of spoons!

Ben
by bstaunto
Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Three Mystery Teasspoons - Three Different Makers
Replies: 1
Views: 1779

Re: Three Mystery Teasspoons - Three Different Makers

Hi,
Just looking over some old posts and found this one.

I think we can rule out Irish Provincial, as they never used the English lion.

So I think that does leave it with a probably North American heritage.

Ben
by bstaunto
Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:57 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Mysterious Set of Tandem Marks
Replies: 3
Views: 2192

Re: Mysterious Set of Tandem Marks

Hi, I see a spoon from this set (if not the same spoon!), is being sold with the second set of marks being described as Pewterers Marks (namely those of a member of the Bush family of Bristol-almost certainly Robert Bush (who worked from 1764-1802)) . Indeed some examples of their stamps are similar...
by bstaunto
Mon Dec 28, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Unknown Irish maker - IE in unusual punch
Replies: 5
Views: 2665

Re: Unknown Irish maker - IE in unusual punch

Well that's disappointing! But a pretty clear match.

At least its my first piece of forged silver (that I know of!).

I might get a silversmith friend of mine to punch a cross over the top of the fake hallmarks.

Still its a nice looking piece at least. :/

Thanks Gordon.
by bstaunto
Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:16 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Unknown Spoon - (Fleur De Lis) (Unknown) (A)
Replies: 0
Views: 3264

Unknown Spoon - (Fleur De Lis) (Unknown) (A)

Hey everyone, Here's another one for the mystery spoons. Celtic point, so maybe Scottish Provincial? Marked - (Fleur De Lis) (Unknown - a wreath?) (A) Has anyone seen it before? Any gut feelings or places to look? http://i65.tinypic.com/536a9t.jpg http://i67.tinypic.com/2rfzpzt.jpg http://i63.tinypi...
by bstaunto
Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:06 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Unknown Spoon - Lion (right facing) M A Lion (left facing)
Replies: 1
Views: 1763

Unknown Spoon - Lion (right facing) M A Lion (left facing)

Hey Forum Folks, Here is an interesting spoon. Probably colonial, possibly Canadian? It is in oar pattern. It has four marks - Lion (right facing) M A Lion (left facing) Has anyone seen this mark before? Any clues? http://i63.tinypic.com/v611rp.jpg http://i64.tinypic.com/2mxr9t2.jpg http://i67.tinyp...
by bstaunto
Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:16 am
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Unknown Irish maker - ID in serrated punch
Replies: 2
Views: 1735

Re: Unknown Irish maker - ID in serrated punch

Thanks Gordon.

A bit of a mystery!

I'll contact the Dublin Assay Office and report back if I hear anything.

Ben
by bstaunto
Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:09 am
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Unknown Irish maker - IE in unusual punch
Replies: 5
Views: 2665

Unknown Irish maker - IE in unusual punch

Hi team, Another maker's mark I haven't been able to track. This one is on an Irish sugar bowl, dated Dublin 1798. The decoration may be a little later? Most probable maker appears to be James England (1791-1815), but it is an unusual maker's mark with the dots surround the initials IE in a not rect...

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