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by agphile
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon
Replies: 21
Views: 8825

Re: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon

Interesting and pretty rare. I recall a similar spoon being illustrated in the Finial 10 or more years ago and thinking I would quite like an example, but I never came across one for sale and have since drifted into other collecting priorities. I think I have seen mid rib variants on early Hanoveria...
by agphile
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Georgian teaspoon T & H
Replies: 4
Views: 3335

Re: Georgian teaspoon T & H

Taylor and Hamilton, Glasgow, c.1780. The shape is named Scottish Fiddle in Pickford because of its popularity north of the border.
by agphile
Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Weird Spratling wood/silver thing. What was it used for?
Replies: 2
Views: 3406

Re: Weird Spratling wood/silver thing. What was it used for?

A cigarette dispenser, for loose cigarettes rather than a packet, seems a possibility to me. I guess they had fallen out of fashion well before the end of the 20th century, but at drinks parties in my youth containers with cigarettes would often be placed alongside the ashtrays on side tables. This ...
by agphile
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Grimwade's Biographies ~ Updates
Topic: WASTELL, Samuel (Grimwade p.694)
Replies: 3
Views: 2182

Re: WASTELL, Samuel (Grimwade p.694)

There is a Lyme Regis in Dorset but not in Norfolk. Regis means King's so I think Lym Regis in Norfolk must actually have meant Lynn Regis, i.e. King's Lynn.
by agphile
Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Robert Rutland Serving piece. For what?
Replies: 9
Views: 3381

Re: Robert Rutland Serving piece. For what?

It is a crumb scoop rather than a serving piece.
by agphile
Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Antique French Ring with Lorraine Cross
Replies: 11
Views: 4283

Re: Antique French Ring with Lorraine Cross

I couldn’t resist playing round a bit further with the inscription. I have flipped the image to show it would appear when used as a signet to leave an impression on wax. http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1352/13610430/24396422/413420116.jpg As I said before, I believe this transliterates as something...
by agphile
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:49 am
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Antique French Ring with Lorraine Cross
Replies: 11
Views: 4283

Re: Antique French Ring with Lorraine Cross

@AG2012 My apologies for jumping in with a translation of the maker’s name which may have been self-evident to you. I have also been wondering about the inscription. When I look at more ancient Cyrillic alphabets such as Old Church Slavonic I notice that some letter forms are different from the mode...
by agphile
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:11 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Tho. Dicks Soup Ladle
Replies: 4
Views: 2726

Re: Tho. Dicks Soup Ladle

PS Phil's silvermakersmarks site is very useful as a supplement to or substitute for the printed reference books if you have only occasional need to check British marks. He shows Dicks' pre 1811 marks as appearing on flatware which might help reassure you.
by agphile
Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Tho. Dicks Soup Ladle
Replies: 4
Views: 2726

Re: Tho. Dicks Soup Ladle

Grimwade is the best source for London makers. He records Dicks as entering his first mark as a bucklemaker in 1792. He entered his sixth mark as a spoon maker in 1811 and further marks from 1821 in partnership with James Dicks. It would seem he diversified into spoonmaking as buckles became less fa...
by agphile
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Antique French Ring with Lorraine Cross
Replies: 11
Views: 4283

Re: Antique French Ring with Lorraine Cross

And I should have added Majdanpek is the town where the goldsmiths workshop is situated.
by agphile
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Antique French Ring with Lorraine Cross
Replies: 11
Views: 4283

Re: Antique French Ring with Lorraine Cross

Zlatara in Serbian means Goldsmith.
by agphile
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Middle East
Topic: Help with hallmark please
Replies: 5
Views: 3503

Re: Help with hallmark please

I can see the images now, but fear I cannot help.
by agphile
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: 5th Artel Moscow
Replies: 6
Views: 2531

Re: 5th Artel Moscow

But I should have added that it is a nicely made fun object in its own right.
by agphile
Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: 5th Artel Moscow
Replies: 6
Views: 2531

Re: 5th Artel Moscow

If I wanted to seek out a source of inspiration I would be more inclined to look to pottery by the Martin Brothers (of Fulham, UK).
by agphile
Sun May 21, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Salt spoon, possible duty dodger - WE makers mark
Replies: 2
Views: 1958

Re: Salt spoon, possible duty dodger - WE makers mark

English so-called duty dodgers are typically from the early or mid 18th century. The style of this spoon, as far as English patterns are concerned, would place it in the late 18th or 19th century when marks were normally struck at the top of the stem. There could still be reasons for not having a fu...
by agphile
Sun May 07, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Crest on Tankard
Replies: 4
Views: 2967

Re: Crest on Tankard

My pleasure. If you want to find out more about Smyth you can find a biography, mainly on his political career, in the History of Parliament Online. It is pleasing to note he was a consistent opponent of the slave trade. In 1778 he married a daughter of the Duke of Grafton. Setting up for family lif...
by agphile
Sat May 06, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Crest on Tankard
Replies: 4
Views: 2967

Re: Crest on Tankard

P.S. The John Smyth mentioned above was a well-connected British politician and Member of Parliament.
by agphile
Sat May 06, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Crest on Tankard
Replies: 4
Views: 2967

Re: Crest on Tankard

The British Armorial Bindings website illustrates a similar crest (out of a ducal coronet a demi bull rampant collared) on a binding for John Smyth (1748-1811). He may or may not have also been the owner of your tankard. It could have been another family member, or more than one family may have used...
by agphile
Mon May 01, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: 1716 George I Britannia Caudle Cup
Replies: 2
Views: 1565

Re: 1716 George I Britannia Caudle Cup

The mark also appears as Grimwade 3508, noted on a sugar caster of 1714, name still untraced.It is probably an unregistered mark of a known silversmith whose name begins Co. The outline of the cartouche has some similarity to the mark of George Cox but I know him as a specialist spoon maker and am n...
by agphile
Mon May 01, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: 1648 Charles I English Silver
Replies: 7
Views: 3185

Re: 1648 Charles I English Silver

A correction to a slip of the typing finger. In my initial reply I said the mark had been noted on flatware, I should have typed hollow ware. I can only plead that, as a spoon collector, I am less accustomed to typing "hollow" and automatic pilot took over.

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