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by Traintime
Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Cork silver box
Replies: 6
Views: 3747

Re: Cork silver box

Thank Heavans, someone who accepts that makers may have used more stamps than the known samples. Hopefully, they'll enter your one into the archives for research samples. Also, I applaud your line of reasoning on the use: eliminate the impossible and whatever is left, however simple, must be the ans...
by Traintime
Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Arts & Crafts Smiths ~ American Handwrought after-1900
Topic: Need Help on Arctic Ice Bucket
Replies: 13
Views: 13263

Re: Need Help on Arctic Ice Bucket

Thank you, very clear. Marks don't match. Did find O. Gilbertson listed as Chicago silver firm employee in accounts. Seems to be a family firm. No identity for initials here. Firm goes back to early century, 1906?, and were smiths who also did repairs and plating. Firm sold in recent years. Hope you...
by Traintime
Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:07 pm
Forum: Coin Silversmiths ~ American pre-1860
Topic: JC -- unknown maker
Replies: 11
Views: 4806

Re: JC -- unknown maker

Added: Winterthur collection has different "Cook" name samples of New England wares for anyone interested. No relationship should be inferred. Just a line of inquiry. Signed, Not God.
by Traintime
Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: American Sterling & Coin Silver - Single Image
Topic: Unknown Eagle with D Marking
Replies: 14
Views: 10215

Re: Unknown Eagle with D Marking

Thanks Cheryl. I never said this was a conclusive identification, but only a possible line of inquiry for researching some unanswered questions: composition, maker, dealer, date. What do we have? Samples of items with a mark said to come from the general area of upstate New York in an unspecified pe...
by Traintime
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Contributors' Notes
Topic: Identifying 'Premiums' Silverware
Replies: 51
Views: 15801

Re: Identifying 'Premiums' Silverware

Interesting to see the Mother's Oats Ad. By the 1920's they had moved on to including semi-vitreous china pieces (made by Homer Laughlin) in their packages. One ad shows you could redeem a coupon for larger serving pieces. By late 30's, they included a solid colored ware called Carnival (also H/L ma...
by Traintime
Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Mysterious Small Fork
Replies: 1
Views: 1108

Re: Mysterious Small Fork

The most appropriate thing would seem to be a skewer for holding something small to be carved such as poultry on a small side tray for an individual. Then again, maybe boiled carrots?
by Traintime
Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Sterling Manufacturers ~ American after-1860
Topic: Black ashtray picture in sterling silvermark unknown
Replies: 6
Views: 2573

Re: Black ashtray picture in sterling silvermark unknown

Fanciful depiction of Paul Revere's ride at night?
by Traintime
Wed Aug 12, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Silver Plate Trademarks - Single Image
Topic: ARG 0.008
Replies: 10
Views: 6916

Re: ARG 0.008

Thanks Amena for the Argentato refresher. As you see in my posting, I also expected Silverplate. I have encountered this mark myself on items of near recent origin. As to the plate thickness question: Raintree has a specifications list showing known thickness standards, but it is not in metric. 0.00...
by Traintime
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: British Hallmarks - Single Image
Topic: Makers mark identification help please - C & A
Replies: 5
Views: 2586

Re: Makers mark identification help please - C & A

Recheck your C& A. The only thing I can see with enlargement is a reversed C. At normal size this looks like a different letter poorly stamped, like Y or J etc.
by Traintime
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:16 pm
Forum: Arts & Crafts Smiths ~ American Handwrought after-1900
Topic: Need Help on Arctic Ice Bucket
Replies: 13
Views: 13263

Re: Need Help on Arctic Ice Bucket

Gilbert & Son mark is in Raintree reference. To wit, circular block G surrounding S with small ampersand (&) superimposed at half size of S. Your mark looks possible from what I can see in photo. Perhaps a close-up shot might clarify. A search of their names in Chicago area history might mat...
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Silver Plate Trademarks - Single Image
Topic: ARG 0.008
Replies: 10
Views: 6916

Re: ARG 0.008

Arg itself could be argentine = silver plate, Argentum, argent (pur) = silver. 0.008 could be the amount of allowed impurity in silver used for plating, thus making the silver .992 which is close to the .999 fine amount. I'd guess plate mark with an unreadable makers mark next to that. No idea who w...
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Silver Jewelry - Single Image
Topic: Identifying this silver mark
Replies: 2
Views: 1932

Re: Identifying this silver mark

Norwegian metal stamp style...due to S after number?
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Native American Silver
Topic: Unusual Sterling Silver Woven Basket - Maker's Mark Help
Replies: 5
Views: 8961

Re: Unusual Sterling Silver Woven Basket - Maker's Mark Help

Even though this Ace/Heart does not match the known mark, any chance this is Binder Bros. of New York? "Sterling Novelties" made and handled. Any chance it was from the Bek stock and quickly marked to distinguish it from the norm?
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Arts & Crafts Smiths ~ American Handwrought after-1900
Topic: N.Y.C. Silversmith, Engraver, or other H. FRIEDRICK ???
Replies: 26
Views: 29452

Re: N.Y.C. Silversmith, Engraver, or other H. FRIEDRICK ???

Great info on this maker, especially since it's so hard to nail down these fine buckle makers of the late 20th century. This also helps to put the use of N.Y.C. into a date frame context as New York City came to replace New York, New York increasingly over time. On another subject, Trev., can these ...
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Arts & Crafts Smiths ~ American Handwrought after-1900
Topic: Need Help on Arctic Ice Bucket
Replies: 13
Views: 13263

Re: Need Help on Arctic Ice Bucket

Would the mark for Gilbertson & Son Chicago (1920's) work. Looks like they might have been full smiths rather than just platers. At any rate, don't write yours off as the "copied from " piece, it could pre-date the Gorham.
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:56 pm
Forum: Arts & Crafts Smiths ~ American Handwrought after-1900
Topic: Need Help on Arctic Ice Bucket
Replies: 13
Views: 13263

Re: Need Help on Arctic Ice Bucket

As I understand this, Gorham traces their lion/anchor/G marks back to 1848. Should not the G be enclosed in a six sided mark rather than a round one? The anchor seems to always be present for items with Sterling standard (.925): mark and standard adopted in 1868 when coin was dropped. The lion seems...
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Silver Jewelry - Single Image
Topic: Baby Claddagh Ring
Replies: 4
Views: 2801

Re: Baby Claddagh Ring

Strangely, sounds like your describing a poorly impressed double headed eagle.
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Silver Jewelry - Single Image
Topic: Any idea to the Maker???? 925 bracelet catch
Replies: 3
Views: 2098

Re: Any idea to the Maker???? 925 bracelet catch

Got the impression that C is a G and this represents a line of words describing the material rather than a maker mark...something like Gold I(?)nlaid Sterling Silver [G.I.S.S.].
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: American Jewelry
Topic: Sterling Belt Buckle Signed... ?
Replies: 3
Views: 2391

Re: Sterling Belt Buckle Signed... ?

Rather than a maker mark, perhaps a retailer's specialty line mark. Maybe RonJay is just meant to be RonJ. And here comes the longshots...since the design resembles bubbling water drops like ocean spray maybe accessory line carried by RonJon Surf Shops in the past. Not like their current stock, but ...
by Traintime
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Silver Jewelry - Single Image
Topic: Baby Claddagh Ring
Replies: 4
Views: 2801

Re: Baby Claddagh Ring

Limited resolution enlarged..describe the letters and figural as you see them.

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