oel wrote:For the ET mark see:
ET, a French warning mark that indicated that the item was below minimum French fineness standards.The ET mark comes from the first two letters of the French word for foreign- etranger. First used only in Paris 1864 on items imported from non-treaty countries, the ET mark was extended for use by all regional assay offices in 1893, and is still in use. After 1994, the meaning of the ET mark changed. While it was still a warning indicating an item was below standard, the ET mark now served two other functions. The first of these is to indicate an estate item that is to be sold at public auction or by municipal credit union that is acting as a pawn service. Secondly, the markmay applied to items that have an artistic or curiosity value, but because of teir lower standard of fineness, do not warrant a full quarantee mark.
Source Hallmark Research Institute World Hallmarks- Vol.1-Europe
I have a high reservation of any royal provenience. If there is no information of the provenience then the monogram with the crown is a later addition to add value to the item (russification). The quality of the ink set is low including the question if the ink stand is even of silver purity. I would believe it to be somewhere from northern Europe, most likely German. I would estimate the set to be more likely from the late 19th or early 20th century.
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