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by buckler
Thu May 31, 2007 6:46 am
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: I'm totally lost with the date and maker
Replies: 7
Views: 3232

Thanks Adendum.
Looks as if it was an unofficial practise due to poor legislative drafting in the original Act.
by buckler
Thu May 31, 2007 6:30 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Please....Could you help me?
Replies: 2
Views: 1818

Probably Joseph and Albert Savory ( A.B.Savory and Sons), mark entered 1840 (Jackson/Pickford p 236)
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by buckler
Thu May 31, 2007 6:22 am
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: I'm totally lost with the date and maker
Replies: 7
Views: 3232

Not being used to watch case marks I am rather out of my depth on this matter but the absence of Duty Mark puzzles me a little. After the passing of the act of 1784, "the existing exemptions were retained....But rather unfairly, it would seem , exempted wares were charged with duty if they were...
by buckler
Sun May 27, 2007 7:49 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Need Confirmation That I'm Goin In Right Direction!
Replies: 2
Views: 2252

The reading of English hallmarks is a skill worth acquiring. My advise is to get a cheap hall mark book - one of the little £5 pocket ones is fine. Do not worry about books for makers marks yet, a proper set of the two books essential for London alone , Grimwade and Culme are very expensive. Grimwa...
by buckler
Sat May 26, 2007 6:20 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Fish server, London
Replies: 3
Views: 2318

Probably William King (Grimwade 3215). first mark as goldworker April 1820 at 39 Red Cross Street ,Cripplegate. Moved successively to 15 and 18 Bridgewater Square, Barbican , then 14 Red Lion Street, Holborn . Second mark (the one on this piece) November 1826 as plateworker at 9 Sutton Street, Clerk...
by buckler
Sun Apr 29, 2007 3:39 am
Forum: Birmingham Hallmarks
Topic: Help - Birmingham maker TB for 1820 snuff box
Replies: 2
Views: 1908

I believe TB in the squarish punch would be Thomas Bartleet or Thomas Bartleet Jnr.

At http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk the Birmingham Assay Office have a very good site that gives all the early makers marks, plus a date letter system finder .
by buckler
Fri Apr 20, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Dublin Ireland makers mark J*S?
Replies: 6
Views: 5770

Looking at the JS tongs on Graham Hodges site I agree his dating to post 1797 (or post 1794) , which if Jackson is correct rules Shields out on that pair. However the mark on your pair is not identical to his and thus does not IMHO exclude Shields for your pair . They are a nice pair by any standard...
by buckler
Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:28 pm
Forum: Irish Hallmarks
Topic: Dublin Ireland makers mark J*S?
Replies: 6
Views: 5770

John Shields mark given in Jackson on a tablespoon looks a good match, and spoonmakers often made tongs. Your dating is too late however I think - by 1793 the oval punches for Hibernia and the crowned harp had been replaced by a cut cornered rectangle and by 1807 a George Head had been added . John ...
by buckler
Sat Apr 14, 2007 2:00 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Marrow Scoop. Help with Makers Mark please.
Replies: 5
Views: 3743

Dognose has a good theory - if the Assay office could alter the Duty George Head by in 1797 and others by filing small nicks to signify a different rate of duty, the George Smith 1 could easily alter a four lobed punch (Grimwade 908) to a horizontal punch. He may well not have bothered to re -regist...
by buckler
Sat Apr 14, 2007 8:35 am
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Marrow Scoop. Help with Makers Mark please.
Replies: 5
Views: 3743

GS on spoons and buckles normally refers to the second or third George Smith. The slightly sloping back S is generally accepted as one of George Smith 2 's numerous marks , but I cannot recall ever seeing one with the indented top to the punch and he was principally a bucklemaker. George Smith 3 was...

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