unidentifiable mark

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unidentifiable mark

Postby mcpike » Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:26 pm

Hi everyone. I am new to this site. I have spent a few days trying to find a category to put the attached mark in. But honestly, I can't figure out what country it is from. I had suspicions about it being Andrew Goodwyn from Ireland however there is no fleur d lis over the AG. Any help would be very welcome. Thanks

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Postby Doos » Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:57 am

Hi,

The mark left of the 925 is the import mark for London.

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Postby larkfield » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:29 am

The makers mark is the London Importer Arthur Graf, and date looks to be 1912

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Postby mcpike » Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:34 pm

larkfield wrote:The makers mark is the London Importer Arthur Graf, and date looks to be 1912


How did you find out that it was Arthur Graf and how could I find out where it originated from. thanks

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Postby EnT » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:33 pm

Interestingly, I have a tobacco pebble with similar importer mark as shown below. I queried this in the forum many moons ago, though without much success unfortunately.

Although AG seems to be identical the city marks are for Chester and 1907 I believe. Did Arthur Graf move to London from Chester sometime between 1907 and 1912 perhaps?

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All the best, Ian T

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Postby admin » Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:42 pm

The mark is illustrated and the information given in John Culme's, "Directory of Gold & Silversmiths, Jewellers & Allied Traders 1838-1914" (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collector's Club, 1987)

It is fairly safe to assume, especially given the Chester example, that he was registered with other assay offices. I am not sure why this is so, but it seems to have become a fairly common practice beginning in the late 19th/early 20th cent.

Regards, Tom


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