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Wolf

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iconnumber posted 09-22-2020 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wolf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could anyone assist with identifying the origin of this fiddleback spoon, please?

It has a worn, stamped hallmark with "H" and horse (?) followed by indistinct letter or symbol

This hallmark is 180 degrees to a pressed hallmark set on the stem with "8R7" "96" and a rosette of ten "petals"




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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 09-23-2020 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome.

Good job posting photos. The close ups being clearer/larger would be helpful.

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Wolf

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iconnumber posted 09-23-2020 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wolf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thanks, Scott.

The "H horse (?)" hallmark is very worn, but a better image is attached. It seems unusual that this is aligned 180 degrees to the pressed hallmark set on the stem.

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iconnumber posted 09-23-2020 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not recall seeing any markings like the ones on your spoon. I think the thin beveled shaft speaks more to continental than Great Britain or the US.
That is a very nice feature and does show up on some US silver. Asa Blanchard used it and I wish it had been used more often.
Pretty spoon no matter who made it.

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iconnumber posted 09-23-2020 08:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wolf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your comments.

My guess was northeastern European.

The engraved monogram on the handle may be a Cyrillic "L"

However, the Cyrillic alphabet doesn't have an "R", so the hallmark is not Russian.

Could Finland be a possibility?

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iconnumber posted 09-23-2020 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wolf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Impressive edit; thank you, Scott!

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