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mamarti1

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iconnumber posted 11-29-2019 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mamarti1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello!

My name is Jorie, I’m from Springfield Illinois. I bring basically no knowledge of silver with me so I hope I can contribute at least something of interest and entertainment, if not expertise. I have to say it’s been a long time since I’ve been part of an online forum. My specialist is Illinois taxes.

I inherited a number of boxes of collectibles from my grandmother that have been - well- just boxed up in my basement for 15 years. I decided the time has come to catalogue it all and make decisions about it too. Beautiful things should be enjoyed and not kept in tubs in basements. She i has an extensive collector of Wedgwood which is pretty easy to identify but the silver stuff is a mystery to me.

My grandmother sparked my love of Georg Jenson but when it comes to most of the other silver I know what o like and what I don’t but some of it is mystifying. The more I googled the less I understood anything about the stuff.

So, without further ado, my first fascinator. A handled jeweled cup and saucer. I recognize the stones as opal, turquoise, garnet, marcacite, peridot, maybe tigers eye. Any guess ion age, origin, use??

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 01-13-2020 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi. It is interesting looking, though it is not silver, but silver plate. Also, I am not sure I would agree with most of your stone identifications. My initial sense is that it does not have a great deal of age to it and is likely from one of the Asian countries, or even middle eastern countries where small metal smithing shops are abundant and produce things of this kind for the tourist trade.

Could you please let us know if you are asking in order to decide whether to sell this or other things, or is your plan to keep all of your inherited silver as the basis of your own collection? Unfortunately this Forum is not a place where one can do research on their things with the intent to sell them. Private appraisers are present in every city and area and would be the people you should seek out if you are looking to decide what to sell of your inheritance.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 01-15-2020 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your cup shows some sign of copper showing through, but it is also marked 900. The 900 marking is generally reserved for solid silver as opposed to silver plate. Maybe it needs a good polishing to see what it truly is as 900 was used by some European countries fo solid silver.

I think of silver cups or goblets with jewels as being ceremonial in nature.
Here is another example.

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mamarti1

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iconnumber posted 01-19-2020 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mamarti1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the replies! I will try some silver cream on it and see how it does. I ask my aunt if it would damage the stones and she said they would be fine. I’m not planning to sell it, I just thought it very hard to identify as google has not been helpful in giving me clues as to what it is for, how old it is, or where it might be from.

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iconnumber posted 01-20-2020 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Polly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, Jorie--

Soap, acids, and cleaning substances can discolor turquoise, so if those are turquoise stones (rather than, say, turquoise-colored glass) you should be with them when cleaning the cup.

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