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bradfork

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iconnumber posted 04-07-2006 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bradfork     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I have recently seen the MHF hallmark or maker's mark on a sterling candlestick, but I can find no info on the maker. There is also a number above the mark and it looks like "cement weighted" under the mark.
Anyone know anything about this?

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 04-07-2006 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello and welcome to the forum. Could you post a picture of the item and perhaps tells us a bit about your interest in silver (something we aks of new members)? The shape of the punch, style of letters, etc. can be very important in identifying them.

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Tom

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bradfork

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iconnumber posted 04-08-2006 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bradfork     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Tom,

Thanks for your prompt response.

I have been trying to take and load some pictures for hours and hours. Digital photography and transfers are not my cup of tea unfortunately.

The candlestick is 10" high, marked on the bottom in a football shape outline are the letters MHF, looking more like a monogram since the H is larger. Under the "football" looks like "cement weighted" and above the "football" is marked "sterline" then under cement weighted are the numbers 903. The 0 has a dot in the middle of it.

As far as my interests in silver, I am just going through some of mother's silver, as well as mine which I received in 1970.

Thanks again,
Kathy

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 04-08-2006 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Kathy,

Ok, the piece is American sterling (the last letter is probably a "g"), which means 92.5% pure silver. The no. 903 may be an order or patent number, common on mass-produced items of the industrial age. MHF, may stand for the M. Fred Hirsch Company of Jersey City, New Jersey in business from 1920 to 1945. I cannot be sure without a photo, but does that sound right given where and when your mother got the piece?
Your local libarry may have a copy of Dorothy Rainwater's, "American Silver Manufacturers," which contains a comprehensive set of hallmarks.

Good luck,
Tom

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bradfork

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iconnumber posted 04-08-2006 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bradfork     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Tom,

Thanks again.

I've been trying and trying to upload some photos. I think I get it now! Here's my latest pictures attempt!:




Please let me know if the pics give you any further info. I had already tried to find info on M. Fred Hirsch Company, but I'm new at this research business.

Surely do appreciate your help.
Kathy

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