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Help with mark on family heirloom sterling coffee service

Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 5:29 pm
by ashandlomom
Just found this coffee service in an old trunk of my late grandparents. I have no idea where or when it was made/issued. It has a unique bamboo type design and is only marked STERLING on the bottom of each piece with the exception of the sugar tongs which are stamped STERLING 970.

I would appreciate any help at all...thank you.
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RE: My post

Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:22 pm
by ashandlomom
I realize that my photos are less than perfect, but still wondering if anyone could be of any assistance? I have found that the service may be Chinese or Japanese which seems likely as my grandparents were stationed in Yokahama immediately after WWII.

Thank you in advance for any information on this beautiful piece of my family's history.

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 2:53 am
by byron mac donald
Hi Ash-

The term sterling could be from almost anywhere, interesting enough the sugar tongs could be from Mexico. Do they match the rest of the set? and are there any other marks on th items? possibly somone here can tell by the style alone... just not me. Here is where I identified the tongs as possibly being made in Mexico:

http://www.925-1000.com/a_Standards.html

Sorry I could not be of any help.

Byron

thank you

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 7:30 am
by ashandlomom
Thank you for taking the time to reply. Yes, the sugar tongs match the rest of the set. They are also in a bamboo style. Not sure where to turn to next. I suppose finding someone in my neck of the woods to take a look at the set.

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:39 pm
by dragonflywink
Your pictures are somewhat helpful, though better shots and a clear look at the marks would be nice. From what I can see and your description, most likely a post WWII Japanese set, if your grandparents purchased it in Japan after the war, it would have been new. While 950 fineness is more often seen in these pieces, your tongs are not uncommon in having a 970 mark, 960 and 980 also show up occasionally.

~Cheryl

Posted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:40 pm
by admin
It is more than likely that the set is Japanese mid-20th century.

Regards, Tom