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help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:36 pm
by Kevinkay
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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Re: help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:19 am
by AG2012
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.
Regards

Re: help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Posted: Sat Jan 16, 2016 6:20 pm
by Kevinkay
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?

Re: help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:40 am
by Dendriet
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


Best Regards
Dendriet

Re: help me ID "900" silver? bowl

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:43 am
by Dendriet
Hi Kevinkay

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


Best Regards
Dendriet