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iconnumber posted 11-29-2003 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi All,
I'm back...hope I'm not making a pest of myself, but I do have some oddities that may be of interest to you.
I have a silver fork, approx 5 1/2" long with 4 tines. I believe it is late 18th century, continental European. There are 5 hallmarks, one may be a spread eagle in an octagon, another is a six pointed star. What is very unusual (at least to me) is this - there is a faint incised line running around the back of the handle approx 2/32nds to 3/32nds from the edge, and there are approximately 10 arrows pointing to this line. There are incised (not raised) dots between the arrows and the dots continue down past the hallmarks. Does anyone know the significance of these arrows and dots? I have never seen them before. Thanks.

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iconnumber posted 12-14-2003 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Someone with expertise in European marks will have to answer this--they should be easy to figure out. My guess is Austrian, and the very rubbed engraving seems to support that. The arrows and dots are the remnants of a more elaborate engraved design, of a character that is typical on northern European silver of this vintage (I'm guessing late 18th century/early 19th century). My feeling is that it is merely decoration, and has no significance other than to be pretty. A great deal of the surface has worn away on this spoon, thus making these marks seem to be more prominent and mysterious than they would have originally. Any other ideas out there?

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