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iconnumber posted 04-30-2003 10:30 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just purchased 2 large "900" silver peices from the Crumpton, MD auction. Several of the dealers looked at them but couldn't decide if they were coin silver or not. The only other markings that I can make out are KK. One looks like a Champage bucket(12-18"high) with handles. The other is taller with a lid and platter. Does anyone have any idea what they could be?

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iconnumber posted 05-01-2003 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If they are indeed marked "900" then they are, technically, coin silver--which is a term used in the US to refer to 900/1000 silver (as opposed to 925/1000 for sterling). However, since they don't say "COIN" then I'd suspect they are not American, but a fairly high-grade European silver(800 is a common alloy used for middle-class silver in Europe).

Without pictures, I can't fathom what these might be--or even what period they are. Picturers of the marks would be a tremendous help. KK is not a usual set of initials. I can't find any American silversmiths with those initials, and one thinks naturally of something possibly German, like Karl Kassel (I made that name up) or some such thing.

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iconnumber posted 05-01-2003 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Arg(um)entum     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"...a fairly high-grade European silver..."

Hmmm. These are large pieces with lots of room to put maker's info in addition to the marks. Generally a number resembling a fineness doesn't necessarily mean it is really that unless accompanied by a guarantee stamp or a known makers mark from a country that uses makers' responsibility marks.

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iconnumber posted 05-01-2003 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have no idea about your items, but sometimes numbers stamped on the bottom can also refer to manufacturer's model or stock number.

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iconnumber posted 05-04-2003 07:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stephen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What did you pay for them?

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