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by AG2012
Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: ICON 2 -ID
Replies: 4
Views: 2538

Re: ICON 2 -ID

Hi, Св. Николай Чудотворец. Никола Зимний. As far as I can see, it is authentic.There is the same silver oklad offered from Saratov which is obviously old and poorly repaired with modern Philips type screws, not even trying to remove them to deceive. Typical old fracture in the frame corner, gold le...
by AG2012
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: ICON ID
Replies: 4
Views: 2500

Re: ICON ID

It is too complex to fake (old wood,gold leaf gilding,engraving,even the clasp for closing the box).
In short, I think it is 100% authentic.
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by AG2012
Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:43 am
Forum: Gold Marks - Worldwide
Topic: please tell me about hallmark
Replies: 1
Views: 1861

Re: please tell me about hallmark

Hi, It is an Orthodox cross (ICXC stands for Jesus Christ in Cyrillic).Newer production with millesimal .585 fineness. St Petersburg modern assaying system does not use old town mark.Since 2000 in ex Soviet republics new marking system was introduced (girl`s head with kokoshnik for Russia),meaning t...
by AG2012
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: ICON ID
Replies: 4
Views: 2500

Re: ICON ID

Hi,
It's genuine.
Regards
by AG2012
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Snuff box identification
Replies: 11
Views: 3094

Re: Snuff box identification

Actually have seen really very few examples of applied plaques and they were riveted because as you say soldering would damage enamel.
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by AG2012
Thu Jul 25, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Snuff box identification
Replies: 11
Views: 3094

Re: Snuff box identification

Sometimes the enamel was not applied directly to the box but painted on a separate sheet of silver, fired and then attached to the box. Anyway,it can be easily tested with the tip of a needle.As enamel is actually molten glass the needle cannot scratch it, so, no harm done. Under 10X magnification o...
by AG2012
Wed Jul 24, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Gold Marks - Worldwide
Topic: Help on my new bought pendant~
Replies: 6
Views: 2991

Re: Help on my new bought pendant~

This pendant cannot be older than Victorian. When the 18 carat standard was introduced in 1798 it was marked with a crown and the number 18. The lion passant was the fineness mark used on 22 carat gold from 1544 until 1844. After 1844 both standards were marked with a crown and either the number 22 ...
by AG2012
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Help me to identify this salt cellar
Replies: 9
Views: 5546

Re: Help me to identify this salt cellar

technological nuance of production


If it is right in the middle then it is the place where it was fixed to the rotating lathe.
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by AG2012
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: French Silver
Topic: Unusual mark
Replies: 10
Views: 3989

Re: Unusual mark

Hi,
Yes, it is French.Minerva head for .950 and Mercury (smaller mark in an oval) used for export on French made small silver (both after 1838).The third mark could be countermark insect from bigorne (two-horned anvil)
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by AG2012
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Please help identifying hallmark on antique brooch
Replies: 4
Views: 2447

Re: Please help identifying hallmark on antique brooch

Yes,I am glad Amena is right.There is number 3 indicating .8oo (optional mark legislated in Kingdom of Italy 1872).
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by AG2012
Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Snuff box identification
Replies: 11
Views: 3094

Re: Snuff box identification

Yes, that's the dance and as I suggested above, most likely Italy.
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by AG2012
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Snuff box identification
Replies: 11
Views: 3094

Re: Snuff box identification

Not much difference 800 or 900.
Higher percentage of silver has better casting properties with lost wax technique, but for enamelling there is no difference, really.
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by AG2012
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Other Countries
Topic: Snuff box identification
Replies: 11
Views: 3094

Re: Snuff box identification

Hi, Millesimal fineness .900, meaning very late 19th century or 2oth century. Lack of complex marking systems can eliminate several countries e.g. Britain, France. Lack of characteristic official state marks can eliminate many countries i.e. Spain, Netherlands,Austria. Likely Germany or Italy and ra...
by AG2012
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: London Hallmarks
Topic: Match Safe identification
Replies: 10
Views: 4935

Re: Match Safe identification

Hi,
The mark on the right of sponsor`s (importer) mark is London Assay Office mark used on imported silver after 1904.
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by AG2012
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: enamel spoon
Replies: 5
Views: 2375

Re: enamel spoon

Of course, spelling reforms were accepted immediately with educational system, but we can assume old spelling was surely resistant for some time, at least in souvenir spoons.
by AG2012
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: German Silver
Topic: enamel spoon
Replies: 5
Views: 2375

Re: enamel spoon

Hi,
It shows Brandenburger Tor in Berlin with old spelling Thor, i.e. spelling before 1901 (Rechtschreibung vor 1901),
So, having in mind Reichsmark and millesimal standard was introduced in 1888 and the new spelling system in 1901, the spoon was made between 1888 - 1901.
Regards
by AG2012
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Gold Marks - Worldwide
Topic: Please help identifying hallmark on antique ring
Replies: 1
Views: 1896

Re: Please help identifying hallmark on antique ring

Hi,
If 585 indicating 14K is the only mark, forget the identification.But there seems to be one more mark on the right.
regards
by AG2012
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: European Jewelry
Topic: Please help identifying hallmark on antique brooch
Replies: 4
Views: 2447

Re: Please help identifying hallmark on antique brooch

Hi,
Could be French Tete de Mercure (petite garantie) export mark for gold since 1878.
Are there more marks ?
(French maker's marks are always contained within a diamond shaped punch).
Regards
by AG2012
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Russian Silver
Topic: S. Stroganov Curious Detail?
Replies: 36
Views: 6772

Re: S. Stroganov Curious Detail?

That was actually from The Man Without a Past, one of the best movies ever.
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