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jojorina

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iconnumber posted 05-09-2007 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jojorina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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This is my very first posting to a message board so please forgive me if I do something wrong. I recently acquired a repousse silver bowl (5"), and would like to identify the maker, date, and country of origin. There are three marks on the bottom:

    "sterling 925/1000"
    "75"
    a small beehive

ANY help would be appreciated.

Barbara

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2007 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, and welcome to the forum.

Please read the instructions in the post at top of the page which says "Please read before you post" and add the additional information outlined there to your original post using the edit icon at the top of your post. If you can provide some information as to why you are seeking to learn more about your bowl, tell us a little about your interests in silver, and provide clear photos of the bowl and a closeup of its markings you will likely receive some helpful responses.

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jojorina

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2007 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jojorina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love old sterling silver, and collect what I like. I found this bowl in a consignment shop, and didn't know much about it, but liked it. Ususally I am pretty good at researching marks on the internet, but have been unsuccessful with this one.

Unfortunately, I tried to follow the directions to add a photo, but can't figure it out. No problem taking the pictures, but don't know how to do the rest! Thanks for any help...

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 05-14-2007 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Barbara. Thanks for the additional information. For the photos, here are the instructions for how to post them. If you take your time and follow them one step at a time you should have no problems.

How To Post Photos

[This message has been edited by Kimo (edited 05-14-2007).]

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jojorina

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iconnumber posted 05-15-2007 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jojorina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here goes my attempt at posting photos - thanks for the help...


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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 05-15-2007 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Barbara, your photos are well done, though it would be helpful to also show a top view so we can see this part. As you have found, this is a forum of people who appreciate seeing nice silver things.

To try to respond to your questions:
"STERLING" means it is made entirely of an alloy composed of 92.5% silver plus 7.5% other metals such as copper.

"925/1000" means the exact same thing but it is just another way of saying it - 925 parts of pure silver to 75 parts other metal.

The 75 is just a pattern or stock number that was used by the manufacturer and the retailers as a simple way to refer to this particular size and style of bowl when they were doing inventory or reordering.

The beehive I am less certain about, but it appears to be a version of the beehive mark that was used by Adelphi which began in New York at the begining of the 1900s. They made holloware in both sterling and silverplate. Perhaps someone else on the forum will either confirm or correct this.

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jojorina

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iconnumber posted 05-15-2007 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jojorina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the help - I actually found Adelphi Silverplate Company, but their beehive and overall mark was quite different. Thanks for the info on the "sterling" and the numbers - I did know that, but wanted to be as specific as required by the boards! If anyone can identify this mark definitively, I would appreciate it. Thanks, and enjoy the recent photo of the bowl!

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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 05-15-2007 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you sure its a beehive? Turned around it looks a bit like a crest.

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