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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears that many manufacturers of coin silver used different variations of their marks during the time they were in business.

Is there any reference material out there that lists the time-frame different marks were used so that you can get a better handle on dating a piece of silver they produced ?

And what would be the chances of coming across a previously undocumented mark for an important maker? Was looking at some spoons being offered as made by Peter Mood, Sr. -- but the mark didn't match documented versions anywhere. Does this happen from time to time or is it a red flag to experience collectors?


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iconnumber posted 04-11-2018 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If it is of any help these are the marks for Peter Mood, Sr. in the Burton and Ripley book on South Carolina Silversmiths.

I really do not know how to answer your question about undocumented versions of marks. It will be just speculation if you just assume it is mark of who you want it to be.

If the price in the auction is high enough I guess one could assume that at least two people are willing to take a chance or actually know it is a correct mark.

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 04-12-2018 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ahwt - thank you for posting the info on the Mood Sr. marks. The one on the right was on the spoons but I could not find it anywhere in any reference book (that I have) or online resource. Spent an hour scouring places but to no avail. Whomever bought the spoons must have had that book because they paid handsomely for them.

Since it appears he used 3 different marks - wonder if there is a way to hone-in to determine what time-frame each was used. I know the prevailing method is to look at each item individually and come to a conclusion based on style/construction - but it would be nice to be able to narrow down the date of mfg. to a definitive period of time.

Thanks again for your help.

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Fitzhugh

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iconnumber posted 09-09-2019 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fitzhugh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would tend to think one might reverse the order of the last two to depict a better chronological order. The oddly "shaped" MOOD mark appears on work from the late 1790s. We have a chatelaine thusly marked.

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