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by WesternPA
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unknown Mark On Coin Silver Shell Spoon
Replies: 9
Views: 10351

Re: Unknown Mark On Coin Silver Shell Spoon

Probably a manufacturer's mark.
by WesternPA
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Unknown Mark On Coin Silver Shell Spoon
Replies: 9
Views: 10351

Re: Unknown Mark On Coin Silver Shell Spoon

This is a mark that seems to appear on a lot of pieces with retailers in the area around Detroit and as far East as Erie. Still looking into identifying it.
by WesternPA
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: John B. M'Fadden (McFadden) Maker???
Replies: 3
Views: 3606

Re: John B. M'Fadden (McFadden) Maker???

Early silver made by McFadden or directly in his workshop is marked I.B.McFADDEN in a large scalloped punch. It is distinctive and resembles Washington County silver more than Allegheny County silver, though it could have been made partly in Pittsburgh. McFadden used at least seven or eight marks ov...
by WesternPA
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Brit Sterling? American Coin? Continental? Star Maker Mark
Replies: 5
Views: 6607

Re: Brit Sterling? American Coin? Continental? Star Maker Mark

The shape of the bowl sure looks continental, perhaps German states circa 1820-50.
by WesternPA
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Mid-18th Century Female's Coat of Arms?
Replies: 1
Views: 2221

Re: Mid-18th Century Female's Coat of Arms?

It appears the devices above and below the chevrons may be pairs of wings conjoined in lure or leure.
by WesternPA
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Family Crests
Topic: Mid-18th Century Female's Coat of Arms?
Replies: 1
Views: 2221

Mid-18th Century Female's Coat of Arms?

Hi, I am not asking for anyone to tell me whose coat of arms this is, as I should do the legwork myself - I was, however, hoping that folks would have an opinion on the nature of the devices on this coat of arms and their proper names, especially the ones that look like small pairs of wings, but are...
by WesternPA
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Exeter Hallmarks
Topic: Provincial Unknown Maker
Replies: 19
Views: 16823

Re: Provincial Unknown Maker

The last letter appears to be an "s".
by WesternPA
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon
Replies: 21
Views: 7744

Re: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon

Thank you all for the highly informative discussion! Perhaps it is the influence of these posts, but I am starting to see a maker's mark of Sc with the bottom of the letters toward the bowl - it seems perhaps William Scarlett would be a good possibility. The maker's mark at least is not inconsistent...
by WesternPA
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Please help with year and place of manufacture
Replies: 5
Views: 2681

Re: Please help with year and place of manufacture

Looks like a French maker's mark - there should be one or two other marks, most likely on the side (inner or outer) of the lid.
by WesternPA
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon
Replies: 21
Views: 7744

Re: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon

Hi,

I will examine more carefully, and see if I can spot a scarf joint! I also need to see if I can get a better look at the remains of the maker's mark, in the event there is enough left to align it with one shown in Grimwade. Thanks!

WesternPA
by WesternPA
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon
Replies: 21
Views: 7744

Re: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon

Perhaps 1715?
by WesternPA
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon
Replies: 21
Views: 7744

Re: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon

It might be possible to figure out the maker, as the outline of one side of the mark and the edge of one letter are discernible. As to how the piece was made, I just don't know, not having a technical background and not being silversmith. It doesn't seem like someone would fake something so out of t...
by WesternPA
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon
Replies: 21
Views: 7744

Re: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon

Thanks to all - I couldn't find any example either. Will have to see if I can track down the mention in the Finial!
by WesternPA
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Looking for Help on This Trefid Spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 2060

Re: Looking for Help on This Trefid Spoon

Thanks - much appreciated!
by WesternPA
Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Looking for Help on This Trefid Spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 2060

Re: Looking for Help on This Trefid Spoon

Mark is somewhat similar to some shown for John Smith of Taunton - but really no idea.
by WesternPA
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon
Replies: 21
Views: 7744

Interesting Dognose/Wavy-End Tablespoon

Just wanted to share - not really looking for help (hallmarks are clear enough and maker's mark is almost gone), but curious as to what other interesting takes on a midrib people have seen! Regards, WesternPA http://i.imgur.com/Mt33Hqe.jpg http://i.imgur.com/V0abcLE.jpg http://i.imgur.com/XhqMBqj.jp...
by WesternPA
Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Provincial & Colonial Marks
Topic: Looking for Help on This Trefid Spoon
Replies: 3
Views: 2060

Looking for Help on This Trefid Spoon

Hi, This came with a bunch of other early English silver, and I suspect it is a provincial English piece (e.g., West Country), but could be wrong. Not quite sure of the maker's mark, struck four times, but it might be LS or IS, or possibly SI. Circa 1700. Am I on the right track? Thanks! Regards, We...
by WesternPA
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Pair of Spoons Marked C. Cook
Replies: 3
Views: 2619

Re: Pair of Spoons Marked C. Cook

Hi,

By style these are very likely Ohio spoons, but could also be Kentucky or Missouri. It is a challenging name to run down, but I haven't checked the Missouri book yet.

Best,
WesternPA
by WesternPA
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: Colonial table spoon. Any help appreciated.
Replies: 1
Views: 1875

Re: Colonial table spoon. Any help appreciated.

Hi, The letters look to be TD with a pellet between - the crudeness of the letters is similar to the published mark of Thomas Dixon of Bermuda, working circa 1784, which would be about the right period. The published mark has a different shape to the punch but the style of the die-sinker is quite si...
by WesternPA
Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Scandinavian Silver
Topic: Unusual Late 18th Century? Scandinavian Tablespoon
Replies: 13
Views: 3736

Re: Unusual Late 18th Century? Scandinavian Tablespoon

I am learning now that during the period this spoon was made, and through the 1920s, the town of Tondern (German name) was part of the Duchy of Schleswig, specifically Northern Schleswig. It appears one could argue this spoon as either Danish or German!

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