I need help with identifying Folding Fruit Knife with Hallmark Anchor

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Webvestor
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I need help with identifying Folding Fruit Knife with Hallmark Anchor

Postby Webvestor » Wed Jul 28, 2021 3:49 pm

Hello All, I recently acquired this beautiful fruit knife with a seed pick(?).
Its made of Sterling silver and has 3 hallmarks on it, including an anchor. The first one i couldn't decipher, the 3rd hall mark looks to be that of a rulers head.
I would love to know if anyone can shed some light as to what period it was manufactured and the maker of this knife.
Another interesting point to note is that its spine has been beautifully engraved .
Thank you!

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Re: I need help with identifying Folding Fruit Knife with Hallmark Anchor

Postby dognose » Wed Jul 28, 2021 4:08 pm

Hi,

Welcome to the Forum,

Probably coin silver, rather than sterling. The marks are pseudos and likely originate from the New York area.

Trev.

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Re: I need help with identifying Folding Fruit Knife with Hallmark Anchor

Postby Webvestor » Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:08 am

dognose wrote:Hi,

Welcome to the Forum,

Probably coin silver, rather than sterling. The marks are pseudos and likely originate from the New York area.

Trev.


Thanks Trev,
Are these pseudo hallmarks a common occurrence ?

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Re: I need help with identifying Folding Fruit Knife with Hallmark Anchor

Postby dognose » Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:28 am

Yes, the United States has and had no official hallmarking system, except for a short period at Baltimore, thus all American marks are maker's marks only and sometimes imitating the official marks of other countries. This was not done to deceive, and the marks were acceptable to the buying public.

Trev.


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