Congratulation! The right step in the right direction! Now you are bitten by the same bug!
Regards and happy hunting
Thanks. I was bitten by the silver bug (marks/research) already three years ago. Russian silver, however, holds no special interest to me. Most everything I see is ALREADY faked -- i.e. we have already, at least in the US, reached the point where those with a little (but not enough) knowledge pass on Imperial Russian silver due to the forgeries. I know just enough to suspect (being able to read Russian helps) but not to confirm.
The rare books seller of the Postnikova- Loseva canceled the sale: the book wasn't available after all. The ONLY copy for sale now I find now after extensive Googling/checks with rare book sellers/ has an asking price of $300. I think I'll pass.
Given the abundance of fakes, scarcity of information about real Russian marks and difficulty and expense of finding the Bibles of Russian silver, I think most small time antique dealers/auction houses/people who have inherited a piece they think might be valuable can no longer be expected--at least realistically-- to research and authenticate their Russian silver on their own. Take a look at what is offered online and you'll see.
I used to suggest that people come here to ask about their items but having read the posts in this thread, I no longer will. Advantage fakers.