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Jo Day
iconnumber posted 10-17-2000 02:38 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found a silver pierced bowl at my local thrift store. It was tarnished and covered in lacquer. On cleaning it up, I found 3 hallmarks. I have searched and can not find out who made this lovely piece or when it was made. Please help!

Going from left to right:

  • The first mark is in a shield and has a crown with pointed sides and a shamrock in the middle.
  • The second is a lion's head with it's tongue sticking out and is wearing a small cap.
  • The third mark is in a shield and is a left hand with the palm up.

Below all the marks is the number 0508. There are 3 small marks that I can hardly see. They are 3 very small squares with letters in them.

The bowl measures approx. 11 inches tall with the handle, and 8 inches across. The bowl it's self has 8 sides.
Any help at all would be great!



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It sounds like the mark used for nickel sivler wares by Holman Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati OH. The company was founded as Holman & Co. in 1847 by Henry Holman and Asa Flagg. They began as makers of britannia wares alone, but by the 1860s were making a wide variety of goods in pewter, britannia, and nickel silver. Soon after, the company began to limit its work to silverplating. Their output over the years was prodigious: they made a full range of ecclesiastical plate for which they held several patents, domestic articles of every description, and all sorts of things needed by the Mississippi river boats including swivel lamps, spitoons, and uniform buttons. The company name was changed in 1896 to the Holman Silver Plate Co., which was succeeded by Holman Manufacturing c 1910. The company finally closed in 1941.

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