help me ID "900" silver? bowl

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Kevinkay
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help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Postby Kevinkay » Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:36 pm

Can anyone help me ID this manufacture of small bowl
Its marked "900" and then (I think) "Orkule"
also, is silver marked 900 considered "sterling"?

THANKS!

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AG2012
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Re: help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Postby AG2012 » Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:19 am

Your small bowl has the form of a wine taster or tastevin.
Sterling silver is an alloy of silver of a minimum fineness of 925 (92.5% by mass of silver).
Your item is 900, meaning a bit lower than sterling but still very good, having in mind the most common fineness e.g. in Austria and Germany was 13 Loth or 812/ 1000.
(You will find many items made of lower fineness 800/1000 silver).
In short, strictly speaking it`s not sterling but it makes little difference.
As for the maker and the country of origin, it`s difficult to tell based on these marks. Hopefully, members of this forum may have seen the same maker`s mark with reliable reference.
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Kevinkay
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Re: help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Postby Kevinkay » Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:20 pm

THANK YOU for the information!

I ment to post to the North America section as the bowl now resides in the US and I assume it was produced in the US?

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Re: help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Postby Dendriet » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:40 am

Hi Kivinkay,

If I read well, it says something like "Orkide" (retailer ??)
That means orchid.
Turkish silver is often 900
Look closely for other hallmarks


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Dendriet

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Re: help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Postby Dendriet » Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:43 am

Hi Kevinkay

Maybe it belongs to a Hotel / Restaurant in Turkey called "Orkide"


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Dendriet


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