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by paulh
Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:47 am
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Odd mark on a teaspoon.
Replies: 4
Views: 3243

Re: Odd mark on a teaspoon.

Thanks Trev. I will keep in in the 'oddities' file for now.
by paulh
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:41 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Tiny skewers
Replies: 7
Views: 2559

Re: Tiny skewers

Mike’s account of the Stockport Pie Crust Fettlers Social Club has stirred deep, long forgotten, memories. As a native of the fair borough of Stockport I can remember, as a child, going shopping every Friday morning with my mother and grandmother. One of the essential visits was to that emporium of ...
by paulh
Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Walker & Hall Hallmark
Replies: 4
Views: 2922

Re: Walker & Hall Hallmark

Hello Fred,

I have just written a small reference book about Walker & Hall silver plate. It is at the printers right now. The Omega mark is the date code and the number is the W&H pattern number. This particular piece was made in a silver plated version and also in sterling silver.

Paul.
by paulh
Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Walker & Hall Hallmark
Replies: 4
Views: 2922

Re: Walker & Hall Hallmark

Hello, Your bowl is silver plated. It is difficult to tell the size from the picture, but it looks like a sweet dish or possibly a sugar pail. The mark underneath is a Walker & Hall holloware mark for 1907. Hope this helps.

Paul.
by paulh
Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Need help identifying marks on a spoon!
Replies: 3
Views: 1154

Re: Need help identifying marks on a spoon!

The number 486054 is a registration number. This indicates that the design was registered in 1906. This dates the spoon to sometime on or after that date.
by paulh
Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Tiny skewers
Replies: 7
Views: 2559

Tiny skewers

http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj498/pahsilver/th_skewers.jpg I have seen large skewers, small skewers and normal sized skewers, but I have never seen any this small before. They seem too small to be of any use. If they are to be used for the normal use of skewers, i.e to transfer heat into th...
by paulh
Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:27 am
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Odd mark on a teaspoon.
Replies: 4
Views: 3243

Re: Odd mark on a teaspoon.

Hello Trev, Interesting theory. This is one of four. On the other three, the back of the Harp actually joins the Crown. On all of them the shield shapes are rather poor and Hibernia is almost unrecognisably ill defined. Irish silver is not my strong point, but a provincial pseudo mark might be a goo...
by paulh
Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Odd mark on a teaspoon.
Replies: 4
Views: 3243

Odd mark on a teaspoon.

This is an Irish Bright Cut teaspoon c1794. There is no apparent maker’s mark, but there is an odd feint mark below Hibernia and the Crowned Harp. It seems to be circle with a cross or a wheel or something I cannot imagine. Any thoughts anyone? http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/90/90/9/81/30/29949813001...
by paulh
Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: 1930's silver teaspoons?
Replies: 3
Views: 2193

Re: 1930's silver teaspoons?

You will find often find that after 1810 the lion passant is at right angles to the rest of the marks. This was done to prevent the transposition of marks from a relatively small piece such as a spoon to a larger piece.

Paul
by paulh
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: Sheffield Hallmarks
Topic: Are These Sheffield Marks? Why Only 2 Marks? Help Please!
Replies: 4
Views: 2389

Re: Are These Sheffield Marks? Why Only 2 Marks? Help Please

Hello Jillian, The handle of your magnifying glass is in the King’s pattern and was made by a haft maker who would usually supply them to cutlers to insert knife blades. However it is not unusual to find them being used for other article, as in the case of your magnifying glass. They were stamped ou...
by paulh
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:33 am
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Russian patterns
Replies: 4
Views: 1273

Re: Russian patterns

Hello Frank, Just be careful with those spoons. French plated pieces are often mistaken for Russian silver, because they are often stamped “84" This is an indication of the plating quality and is often confused with the 84 zlotnik mark on Russian silver. The position of the mark is important, a...
by paulh
Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:33 pm
Forum: General Questions
Topic: Russian patterns
Replies: 4
Views: 1273

Re: Russian patterns

Hello Frank, Fiddle & Thread was made by Russian Silversmiths. This is some from a recent London auction catalogue. "Russian Silver. A large part canteen of Fiddle and Thread pattern, mainly by Boianowski, circa 1849, weighable silver approx. wt. 129 oz., another part canteen, mainly by A.B...
by paulh
Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Silver Care / Techniques
Topic: Baking soda + alluminium foil cleaning went wrong
Replies: 2
Views: 2822

Re: Baking soda + alluminium foil cleaning went wrong

The method of cleaning silver using soda and aluminium is actually a mild form of electro-stripping. Excessive use of this method will actually remove all the silver plating from a plated piece and cause and “orange peel” appearance on sterling silver and other silver alloys as the components of the...
by paulh
Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:49 pm
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: pre 1896?
Replies: 7
Views: 2135

Re: pre 1896?

Hello,

Just seen this post. The marks are W&HS for Walker & Hall Sheffield. The lower case "e" is the date code for 1923.

Hope this helps.
Paul.
by paulh
Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Apostle Spoon.
Replies: 3
Views: 1210

Re: Apostle Spoon.

Hello Agphile. Well done! I hadn’t noticed the length of the robe. The reason I thought it might be a cast of an original was the bird on the nimbus. I have seen one almost identical on a 16th century Exeter piece, but this not have St. Matthew wearing a miniskirt.
by paulh
Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: Scottish Hallmarks
Topic: spoons from Edinburgh?
Replies: 11
Views: 3474

Re: spoons from Edinburgh?

That appears to be an “incuse” duty mark, which would put it as either 1784 or 1785.
by paulh
Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:39 am
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: Apostle Spoon.
Replies: 3
Views: 1210

Apostle Spoon.

Here is an interesting piece. It is a Victorian St. Matthew apostle spoon, 7 ½” long, by Williams Brothers, Exeter 1847. I have seen pictures of a complete set of 13 of these spoons of similar origins. It is not a fake, as it is in no way pretending to be of an earlier age. It is a legitimate Victo...
by paulh
Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: Silverplate Trademarks - Worldwide
Topic: Could someone please help?
Replies: 4
Views: 2447

Re: Could someone please help?

Hello Pat, I didn’t know that about American silverplate, but as stainless steel blades were not introduced until 1926, I would think that this would be from a later date, if the set were put together as a whole.
by paulh
Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: ID odd pearl handled table knife...
Replies: 13
Views: 4119

Re: ID odd pearl handled table knife...

Can I add to the speculation here? Most butter spreaders have rounded ends to the blade, whereas these have a definite point. Just right for picking up the cheese that has just been cut by the other side of the blade.
by paulh
Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: Mystery Objects
Topic: FANCY VICTORIAN PIECE...PURPOSE????
Replies: 4
Views: 1470

Re: FANCY VICTORIAN PIECE...PURPOSE????

It could be a waste bowl from a tea set.

Paul.

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