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kasper81

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I've recently acquired three silver apostle spoons. I've however not yet been able to decipher the country of origin of the spoons or it's age (Or any other information for that matter). I hope these marks are known to any of the forum users. The first mark is a long crest with two crosses above each other. The second mark is a square with VB in it, and the third mark is a square with a W in it. All marks are shown on the pictures below. I hope anyone of you can be of assistance in identifying these marks.

Thanks in advance,
Kasper.


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labarbedor

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iconnumber posted 04-06-2005 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for labarbedor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well I can't tell you what they are, but I can tell you what they are supposed to be. The first mark is Amsterdam a crown over three X's. Unfortunately Dutch silver is probably the most faked in the world. VB is not listed in the Amsterdam silversmiths book but it is listed in a compilation book of fake Dutch marks. One could find a W in both lists.
The only way to be relatively sure they are real to see whether there is a correct amount of patina, and to carefully compare the marks. The first is very difficult to do without having the items “in hand”. The second is even harder since most of the Dutch books just have drawings of the mark. I can say the odds are against you. Real apostle spoons are very rare fakes are quite real. As a result the few knowledgeable people in this field just presume all such pieces are fake, until proved otherwise.

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