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iconnumber posted 12-29-2022 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JoeG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All - Attached are photos of a miniature clock - it is 4.5" tall with a moving pendulum and rotatable hands. The reverse is riddled with hallmarks and I need assistance reading it's story. So far I see the clock was exported from the Netherlands in 1890, mark on the lower front is an assay mark with "M", Schoonhoven; then is was imported into London in 1890 by HK (Henry King?). Running into a dead-end with the what I assume to be manufacturer's marks down the center of the clock. Thanks for any help - Joe

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iconnumber posted 02-15-2023 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not an expert on Dutch silver, but I do recognize a couple of the markings. At the very bottom right the gothic style letter is an "F" and that is for the year 1890. The 4th mark from the top is a "930" which stands for the purity of the silver which is slightly purer than sterling which would be 925. At the bottom center is a lion rampant (standing up) with a key under it. The lion rampant indicates a silver purity of 934 which is at a bit of odds with the 930 marking, but then the key under the lion means that this was made for export and so the 934 silver purity was not guaranteed so a purity of 930 is reasonable. The shield and crown marking at the very top should be the city in which it was made, but I do not have a reference showing all of the different city marks. Hopefully someone here can provide more information.

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iconnumber posted 02-16-2023 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trefid2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Joe, what an amusing piece. The marks in question are fantasy/pseudo marks and have been attributed to H. Hooijkaas of Schoonhoven. At minimum, it's a starting point for further research.

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iconnumber posted 02-25-2023 06:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pseudomarks make sense, especially given the somewhat crude quality of this little watch. Thanks!

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