SMP Logo
SM Publications
Silver Salon Forums - The premier site for discussing Silver.
SMP | Silver Salon Forums | SSF - Guidelines | SSF - FAQ | Silver Sales

The Silver Salon Forums
Since 1993
Over 11,793 threads & 64,769 posts !!
Continental / International Silver Forum
How to Post Photos REGISTER (click here)

customtitle open  SMP Silver Salon Forums
tlineopen  Continental / International Silver
tline3open  Help with an Italian mark

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

ForumFriend SSFFriend: Email This Page to Someone! next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Help with an Italian mark

Posts: 16
Registered: Oct 2004

iconnumber posted 07-26-2005 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heatherjanemcc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am curious about the marks on what I believe is an Italian, mid-twentieth-century spoon made in Padua. This is a nice, substantial-weight spoon that I bought recently because I didn't know what the marks were and I get a kick out of decoding Continental and American coin silver marks. I have fun using it too! I do hope I am posting these images correctly.

After reading other posts on this subject, it seems to me that the spoon is marked (in the hexagonal reserve) for Padua/Padova with a maker's code "4" and with a fineness of 800/1000. I am curious about the meaning of marks preceding the "800" fineness mark. Thanks for your time--I have gotten such great value from reading the posts here for many months! This forum is terrific.

IP: Logged


Posts: 16
Registered: Oct 2004

iconnumber posted 07-27-2005 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heatherjanemcc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After a little more looking, I found an April 15, 2005, post by Patrick Vyvyan in General Silver Topics which illustrates a fork he owns in the same pattern as this one. I've added extra pictures to my first post to illustrate the whole spoon. Although his pictures of the mark are no longer available, his description of it sounds like they are similar to the ones illustrated here, although what I understand to be the town mark sounds different. Both he and Blakstone, who posted a reply, felt that his fork was probably Italian. I wonder if the fork had a third/third and fourth mark/marks like my spoon does. Are these maker's trade marks in addition to the maker's registration number?

IP: Logged

All times are ET

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.46a

1. Public Silver Forums (open Free membership) - anyone with a valid e-mail address may register. Once you have received your Silver Salon Forum password, and then if you abide by the Silver Salon Forum Guidelines, you may start a thread or post a reply in the New Members' Forum. New Members who show a continued willingness to participate, to completely read and abide by the Guidelines will be allowed to post to the Member Public Forums.
Click here to Register for a Free password

2. Private Silver Salon Forums (invitational or $ donation membership) - The Private Silver Salon Forums require registration and special authorization to view, search, start a thread or to post a reply. Special authorization can be obtained in one of several ways: by Invitation; Annual $ Donation; or via Special Limited Membership. For more details click here (under development).

3. Administrative/Special Private Forums (special membership required) - These forums are reserved for special subjects or administrative discussion. These forums are not open to the public and require special authorization to view or post.

| Home | Order | The Guide to Evaluating Gold & Silver Objects | The Book of Silver
| Update BOS Registration | Silver Library | For Sale | Our Wants List | Silver Dealers | Speakers Bureau |
| Silversmiths | How to set a table | Shows | SMP | Silver News |
copyright © 1993 - 2020 SM Publications
All Rights Reserved.
Legal & Privacy Notices