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Help with maker mark on cigarette case

Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:21 pm
by NancyCaroline
Hi,
Hoping for some help identifying maker on this cigarette case. My research shows it to be Russian sterling, Moscow circa 1890, assayer Anatoliì Apollonovich Artsibashev. Hopefully this is correct:)
I've not been able to identify the maker, mark is worn but perhaps someone will recognize it. Thanks for looking!
Nancy
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Re: Help with maker mark on cigarette case

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:28 am
by Qrt.S
The maker's mark is so worn that I don't dare to even guess. There are too many alternatives. However, I'd like to inform you that 84 zolotniki is not sterling (925/1000) but 875/1000. Nice object anyway.

Re: Help with maker mark on cigarette case

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:47 am
by Goldstein
Hi NancyCaroline -

the maker is Ivanov, Adrian T. - known for his tasteful silverwares.
Here some examples:

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Regards
Goldstein

Re: Help with maker mark on cigarette case

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:48 am
by NancyCaroline
Thanks so much! I appreciate your help!!
Best, Nancy

Re: Help with maker mark on cigarette case

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:05 am
by AG2012
Qrt.S
The maker's mark is so worn that I don't dare to even guess

Agree.
Could be АИ but would not be professional to bet on it.
Regards

Re: Help with maker mark on cigarette case

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:15 pm
by Goldstein
Hi AG2012 -

I must not bet on it - I know - because I not only read some books and think I know all. I have from nearly all major makers several comparison specimens! That makes all a lot easier and plausible.
If you think I gave the wrong answer - show me who it is....

Qrt.S wrote:There are too many alternatives.


If you do not know what to write - do not write!

I think this was my last post.

All the best
Goldstein

Re: Help with maker mark on cigarette case

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:36 am
by NancyCaroline
Hi, Understood. I knew the mark was worn & that someone recognizing it was a long shot. All input is greatly appreciated & extremely helpful! Many thanks. Nancy

Re: Help with maker mark on cigarette case

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:22 am
by Qrt.S
The problem is that the maker's mark is so worn that you cannot with 100% certainty see what are the letters. The alternatives could be АИ, АН, ДИ, ДН and ??? Of course assumptions can be made, but...? Having that in mind, it is irresponsible naming one particular without a doubt.

Having "nearly all major maker's specimens"...!? There are so many to name unknown masters in Russia, major or not, so claiming that is....