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nikita-2

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iconnumber posted 07-13-2005 01:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nikita-2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone recognizes any of the marks on the fish set. This is a set for 12 plus the 2 serving pieces housed in it's own wooden box. I think the blades are silverplated, but am not sure. The handles appear to be ivory. Any help would be appreciated.

I believe this fish set may be from England and may be from the mid to late 1800's as most of the items the original owner had was from that area and timeline.
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Ulysses Dietz
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iconnumber posted 07-15-2005 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nifty set, and I'd say English, and as you guessed, plated. Stylistically these are Japanesque and very nice--1880s? What are the handles made of? The pseudo-hallmarks seem to spell out a cryptic version of "alpaca" which is a term for a silver-like metal used in place of silver. I'm sure there's reference to alpaca here at SMPUB.com somewhere, I'll look and see...

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iconnumber posted 07-15-2005 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you search under ALPACA or ALPACCA you'll find a bunch of references to this term--that is, assuming I'm correct.

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iconnumber posted 07-16-2005 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the letters read "ALPHA," but what it's significance is to anyone but the maker, I have no idea.

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