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tmockait

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iconnumber posted 07-01-2005 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the last of three spoons purchased recently in Sofia, Bulgaria. I have no reason to believe it is Bulgarian. It contains three hallmarks: two on the back of the spoon bowl, one on the back of the handle. On the spoon bowl are a flower and the number 80; on the handle is a figure too small to read from my photo, so I have included a crude drawing. Any help identifying this piece would be greatly appreciated.

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Tom

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blakstone

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iconnumber posted 07-01-2005 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The last mark appears to be the mark used in Czechoslovakia from 1922 for export silver items; it's an anchor with the letter V on it ("Vyvosni" = "Export"), though you have it illustrated upside down. It guaranteed the minimum Czech fineness of .800 (which, presumably, the "80" stands for). That leaves the flower as the maker's mark, which I can't identify.

This export mark was used continually in Czech territories (though not in Slovakia 1941-49) until it was abolished in 1992 by the regulations of the newly formed Czech Republic.

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iconnumber posted 07-02-2005 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmockait     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Blackstone,

Yes, now that I look at it the other way, it is indeed an anchor. Any way to narrow the date down? So I bought three spoons in Bulgaria, none of which is Bulgarian!

Wyler lists a rose with no picture as the symbol for Rosenau (Roznava) in the 19th century. Is the flower possibly a town mark?

Thanks again for your help,
Tom

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blakstone

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iconnumber posted 07-03-2005 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Short of identifying the maker, I doubt there's any way to narrow the date down with any precision.

However, the flower mark is definitely not the 19th century mark for Roznava, which was three flowers, all on stems, above "13" (the löthige), all in a shield. After 1866, Rosnava fell under the Austro-Hungarian marking system. There was no assay office there as far as I can tell; probably they were under the jurisdiction of the office in Kaschau/Kosice (Dianakopf code letter "R".)

I say that because if it were a post-1866 piece, one would expect to find Austro-Hungarian marks on it, so I feel confident it was made after 1922 for export (to Bulgaria?) as the mark indicates. Stylistically, too, the pattern definitely looks from the teens/early 20s to me. I doubt - given what else they had to deal with in the rest of the 20th century - that styles changed that rapidly in Czechoslovakia, so the pattern could have been produced for decades. But the spoon itself looks like what they call an egg spoon, a specialized utensil that probably wasn't made much after WWII. So, if forced to guess, I'd say 2nd quarter, 20th century.

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