The Vienna Convention of the Â»CCM — Common Control MarkÂ«
The Vienna Convention of the Â»CCM — Common Control Mark
Â« was signed in Vienna, Austria in 1973
by Austria, Denmark, Finland and Sweden — and came in force worldwide on 27 June 1975. 1976
became new members the United Kingdom and Switzerland; in 1980
new members are Ireland, Norway and Portugal.
there were in totally 19 Member States
— e.g. France and Germany isn’t member, even so not having another status. But now let’s look to my assumptions:
The discussion on the need of a Â»CCM — Common Control Mark
Â« has already started end of the ‘Sixties
’ begin ‘Seventies
’ of the last century.
A proposal on the then suggested first form of the marks on gold and on silver
I haven’t find in the internet. But by my experience as a professional Industrial and Graphic Designer, I know that the development of a worldwide known mark need detailed studies; well it don't happen very often that the final version is only slightly different from the first suggested proposal. Because there are many factors influencing the appearence - like e.g. already registered marks.
I e.g. have designed now nearly a half century ago a mark for a local organisation some where in Europe; well with global connections. It was promised to me, that my design is to abstract and strong, that it wouldn’t be accepted totally. Now is this mark the only one, and in between used worldwide — and I haven’t met until yet any body who know or remember that original, then a century old sign of the worldwide conglomeration.
What I like to explain with these discourses is that an international mark has to have some basic elements, which are also immediately recognised
by a very cursory visual perception. That’s today also the basic of a judgement of plagiarism:
Â»Immediately recognised from the average human by a very cursory visual perception
Â« for silver is placed in a kind of an individualized barrel shape
— a much more individualized barrel by ‘notches
’ on the basic line. I personally have the impression that it is a bold letter W
, a kind of kowtow to
Â« - the Conventions first place
(Vienna Assay Office indication letter is since centuries the same letter W
too — well interrupted a long while by the letter A
The second basic element of all
Â« marks is the scale; but for reason of their tiny graphic lines only recognised on a lower level of the visual perception.
And it is a pity that the numerical for finenesses
must be “read
” — not the shape of the cartouche is sufficient indication for the individual fineness. Let’s make here a sub-summary:
The on yours cup used “fineness
” mark is an absolutely
Remember: Â»Immediately recognised from the average human by a very cursory visual perception
Â«. Let’s look now to the other struck elements:
is, as I assume, not an official
Â« - but should suggest being that.
The number 4, in a square cartouche
, is as I assume too, should suggest being the official letter P
and the square, the cartouche of the Czech Assay Office organism
— which was fully active integrated in the Convention from 2 November 1994 on
I assume that the struck marks on yours cup are Â»Pseudo marks
Â« - used to cheat!
Time span of Â»Pseudo marks
Â« being struck: End of last Millenniums, begin of this one.
So it seems to be not Â»… a very early piece are these convention marks in use …Â«
Yes Â» I don't think it's going to easy to find the maker Â« - because it looks like that the maker liked to remain known only by some commercial insiders, e.g. trophy wholesalers.
Â»… and age …Â« - well, End of last Millenniums, begin of this one
. The design looks like too, to be in the style of trophy’s, usual in the last quarter of the XX century.
Â»… So is there maybe a clue in how it;s been made ? Â« - it has happen in an industrial spinning processing, on lathes.
Then after the individual parts of the corpus (base, stem parts, cuppa) are soldered together; and plated with maybe 4 gram silver. RÃ©sumÃ©:
I assume that yours trophy is plated;
and as such one, made from non precious metal. Ciphers in a square are e.g. the indication of used weight of silver in the plating processing, as e.g. it’s stipulated by law in France.
I advise you also to take notice of this sounded information: http://www.925-1000.com/a_platenumbers.html Sorry for the time lap between yours last questions and now — I’ve need some time to find out several Â»points of viewÂ«, and getting for me a sufficient sounded impression too.
Kind regards silverport