Asian Silver Hallmark?

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SilverJordan
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Asian Silver Hallmark?

Postby SilverJordan » Fri May 25, 2012 11:02 am

Hello eveyone,

I am unable to identify an older item... two hallmarks and does it appear to be silver plate where the red arrow is pointing? I am new to this so do please pardon the nubee question!

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rauls
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Re: Asian Silver Hallmark?

Postby rauls » Fri May 25, 2012 1:02 pm

Looks "福" or "德".
Possibly made in Malaya or Singapore or Vietnam.

SilverJordan
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Re: Asian Silver Hallmark?

Postby SilverJordan » Fri May 25, 2012 4:42 pm

Thanks for your reply. Does it at all sat he purity?

NYCyokel
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Re: Asian Silver Hallmark?

Postby NYCyokel » Fri May 25, 2012 5:46 pm

Dear Jordan, I agree with Rauls interpretation. This kind of punch marks normally depict the silversmiths, or the silver workshops on oriental silver pieces, not a fineness mark. I don't know what caused the yellow color as pointed by the arrow head. As far as I know, traces of copper was added to craft silver articles in the oriental countries. Sometimes you get more or less copper appearance at the edge, but the fineness test always tells you that the purity is above .900. This is just my personal experience. I might be wrong.

SilverJordan
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Re: Asian Silver Hallmark?

Postby SilverJordan » Sat May 26, 2012 8:31 am

Thank you for both your replies :)
i will be doing an acid test shortly (also new to this!).


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