Qrt.S wrote:Before that the customs brought imported goods to the assaying office in order to test it for legal minimum fineness i.e. 84 zolotniki. If approved, it was hallmarked and the import granted. Therefore there is no maker's mark on the cup. The assayer Ivan Frolov was active in St. Petersburg 1738-1779. The Russian marks are correct.
AG2012 wrote:And the highest standard in Denmark was 13 1/2 Loedigt (.844), I.e. less than legal Russian standard.
(Number 75 remains a mystery, if indicating sub-standard zolotniki it would be close to 12 Loth, but I do not like to speculate without reliable
Qrt.S wrote: Of course it is made earlier than the Russian hallmark's year 1773. It lacks the Russian maker's mark because it is not made in Russia but imported from Hamburg/Germany to Russia. I have said a thousand times and say it again: If an object object carries only a Russian hallmark but no maker's mark, it is imported goods.
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