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by agphile
Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:44 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: help with a mote spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 1546

I have now dug out my teaspoon - small Hanoverian with double drop. The RH is in a smallish punch as your mark must be to fit the stem of a mote spoon. I can't swear thay are the same mark because of the distortions of wear - we would need to be able to put the two side by side to judge definitively...
by agphile
Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:10 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Apostle spoons mystery
Replies: 5
Views: 3608

My fake Apostle is less fun than yours. Pictures and a bit of a description can be found at the end of the following thread in another forum: http://www.smpub.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000124.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; It is probably easier to explain the give-aways on yours. The ...
by agphile
Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: help with a mote spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 1546

This won't be a lot of help. I have a Hanoverian teaspoon of the period with RH as the maker's mark. I will need to dig the spoon out to see how closely it matches your mark. There were too many RHs in Grimwade for me to identify mine confidently. My notes say it best matched Roger Hare - smallworke...
by agphile
Thu Jan 28, 2010 7:26 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Apostle spoons mystery
Replies: 5
Views: 3608

I am afraid this is a made-up spoon incorporating the stem from a Georgian spoon. It is not even an accurate copy of an in-period apostle spoon. The finial looks a bit like a seal-top (itself not original to the stem) with an apostle stuck on top of it. I would guess it was all put together in the 1...
by agphile
Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:18 pm
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: Hallmark discrepancy
Replies: 10
Views: 5531

I see. I took that as the effect of the lighting, and it would be unusual to come across a forgery like this. However, the owner should be able to judge what it looks like "in the flesh" so to speak.
by agphile
Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: Hallmark discrepancy
Replies: 10
Views: 5531

Now I'm puzzled. I don't see any reference to the card case being silverplated. If it is, the marks are a naughty forgery, but have you a reason for your suspicion?
by agphile
Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: unknown mark on rat-tail spoon
Replies: 8
Views: 4268

In England spoons of roughly this pattern (we call it "trefid") were made from the 1660s through to the early 1700s. In the Channel Islands and parts of continental Europe the pattern lasted longer. I am no expert on German silver but to me detail such as the plain rattail on the bowl sugg...
by agphile
Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:46 am
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: Hallmark discrepancy
Replies: 10
Views: 5531

The three assay office marks are in a stub. There will have been a range of stubs for different sizes and types of silverware. I have always understood that variations in the orientation of the individual marks in a stub were a safeguard against fakery. If the marks from a smaller item were cut out ...
by agphile
Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: English trans. for the German mark called a"Tremulierst
Replies: 4
Views: 2364

I have always known this as an "assay scrape". If I wanted to be more descriptive I would expand this to "zig-zag assay scrape".
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by agphile
Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: One Spoon, Six Crests!
Replies: 5
Views: 4237

My guess is that this represents something other than family relationship. Possibly the benefactors of some charitable institution, for example, or the individuals involved in some association or activity.
by agphile
Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: Unidentified cigarette case III
Replies: 4
Views: 2259

"Unknown master, after 1908....."
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by agphile
Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Help with Makers Mark ID Please London Silver
Replies: 1
Views: 1430

Looks to me like JNM for John Newton Mappin, i.e. Mappin and Webb
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by agphile
Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: C J Vander Ltd Workshops-- 1968
Replies: 1
Views: 1576

Re: welcome

Thanks Trev. I hadn't seen this. Think I may have spotted Alan in the workshop, if I am right about how he would have looked 40 years ago. The C J Vander inherited dies are now at Wakeley and Wheeler which has been spun off to continue as a maker at a small workshop in Essex. Jeff Francis is the spo...
by agphile
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:45 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: What-is-it question.CLXVIII.
Replies: 3
Views: 2237

Just come across this one. It was made in 1978. Symbolism seems to relate to British Commonwealth. Commonwealth Games that year. Also Queen's Silver Jubilee. I would guess it was commissioned by V&A.
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by agphile
Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: German Silver
Topic: 17th C German Augsburg Spoons
Replies: 6
Views: 3115

Theoderich drew my attention to this post since when I have been hoping somebody with better knowledge of early spoon styles in continental Europe might comment as I am afraid my thoughts might be disappointing. The spoons look to me very much like the sort of items made in Hanau and in the Netherla...

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