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leviathan77

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Registered: Mar 2005

posted 03-04-2005 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for leviathan77     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend of mine recently passed away and left me a silver cigar holder/flask. I don't know anything about the item, and I would like to remedy that. The item has four Hallmarks: the first are the letters BPC arranged in a triangle inside a triangle which is inside a circle, which is inside a diamond. The second Hallmark is a capital "W" inside a shield. The third Hallmark is a strange design that kind of looks like a seahorse amoung branches, which is inside a diamond. The final Hallmark is a lowercase "c" inside a small circle. The words "Sheffield England" are also stamped under the Hallmarks.

If anyone could tell me anything about these marks, I would be very appreciative (I'd love to know something about this item)!

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tmockait

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posted 03-05-2005 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is hard to visualize what you describe wihout a picture. If you have a digital camera or can borrow one, posting photos is free and easy. See instructions above.

One thing seems certain: your piece is silverplate rather than sterling, which would have different hallmarks, including a crown for the town of Sheffield rather than the name spelled out.

Good luck,
Tom

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leviathan77

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posted 03-05-2005 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for leviathan77     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, I see what you mean about needing a picture. I'm going to try and post a photo below (hopefully it works...)

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Scott Martin
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posted 03-05-2005 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This might be easier to see:

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agleopar

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posted 03-05-2005 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Leviathan, I am just curious because I have never run across a cigar holder/flask is this a combo as it sounds? You did such a good job with the marks, could you show the whole, if you don't mind?
Many thanks

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leviathan77

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posted 03-06-2005 12:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for leviathan77     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
agleopar, it is a combination cigar holder and flask. Here's a picture of the whole thing:

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salmoned

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posted 03-07-2005 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for salmoned     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, the item doesn't bear the solid silver British hallmarks, and the photo seems to reveal copper under the plating, so I would venture to guess silver plating over copper.

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leviathan77

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posted 03-07-2005 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for leviathan77     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks salmoned, that's more than I knew before.

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Dale

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posted 03-08-2005 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neat piece, designed for the more vice prone silver users. Generally, things that are meant to be hauled about and subject to a lot of use are plated for strength. Drinking and smoking, what next? Dancing?

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agleopar

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posted 03-08-2005 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for agleopar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Leviathan, it was not at all what I expected and it's simplicity of concept is is neat.
Thankyou.

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2209patrick

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posted 03-18-2006 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 2209patrick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The mark on the left is the Association of British Pewter Craftsmen mark. They were founded in 1970.

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