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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 01-27-2005 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Below are pictures of a silver caster that is about 3 ¼ “tall. It is unmarked and I do not know where it was made. I put it in this category as I thought that it may be from Eastern Europe and someone here may have a good idea of its origin.

It appears to me to be silver and not plated as it is flexible and the lip on the lid is held by the base by friction and shows no sign of anything but silver. Also after the “French cup” and W & H/ H & G spoon I wanted to post something without any spurious marks.



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Patrick Vyvyan

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iconnumber posted 01-27-2005 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A hunch, nothing more, but your piece has a Middle Eastern or Indian look?

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blakstone

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iconnumber posted 01-28-2005 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can only offer a guess, but I think late 19th - early 20th C. Persian. I once had a pair of rose water jars (sort of like small ginger jars) with very similar decoration which were signed & dated. (An Iranian friend translated for me!)

I can't tell from your photo: is the decoration chased (punched in) or engraved (cut away)? Both techniques were used in Persian trade items, but deep engraving was by far the more common.

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 01-29-2005 12:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Patrick and Blakstone. The decoration is punched in and I think what you say sounds to me to be a good guess. I have seen very little silver from that part of the world, but they no doubt must have been among the first to product silver objects.
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