Coffee spoon (~8g), hallmarks hardly visible

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varadino
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Coffee spoon (~8g), hallmarks hardly visible

Postby varadino » Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:13 am

Hey all,

I have bought a small silver spoon from Germany recently. I really would like to know where and how long time ago it was made. The entire object weighs 8 grams and is approx. 10 cm by length. At the first sight I thought it does not have any silver hallmarks, though by closer look I have observed a faint "A" in a square (see the lower mark in the 4th image) with one distorted hallmark right above it. I could not make clear photos of the hallmarks but I really hope that somebody can provide me an identification of the spoon through at least its style of engraving and the photos attached. Though I am not sure, I could place the date of creation to about 1900. But I don't know the country and exact style either. I would be glad for any kind of help. Thank you. :)

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Re: Coffee spoon (~8g), hallmarks hardly visible

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Very small hallmark identification

Postby varadino » Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:41 pm

I took the microscope and captured these two images of the two hallmarks. Both of them are ~2mm in length.
I can see that the second one is apparently a capital letter "A" in a rectangle but the one above is slightly worn. Can somebody please help to identify these hallmarks? Thanks.

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And the spoon itself looks like this (it weighs approx. 8 grams):

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Re: Coffee spoon (~8g), hallmarks hardly visible

Postby AG2012 » Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:37 pm

Hi,
Letter A is a secondary mark for Vienna. It appears on finials, legs, handles etc, sometimes struck twice and sometimes with Diana`s head.
It can be seen on bigger items as the only mark.
Could not find any legislation in regard of it`s use.
The style of your spoon is late 19th century.
Compare here:
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=52084&p=162597&hilit=vienna+secondary+mark#p162597
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=54846&p=174884&hilit=vienna+secondary+mark#p174884
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Re: Coffee spoon (~8g), hallmarks hardly visible

Postby varadino » Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:34 pm

Thank you very much :-)

Regards N.V.


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