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wendlekins

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iconnumber posted 06-25-2005 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wendlekins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am trying to find the origin on this snuff box . There are two marks ,one on each edge of the lid . Does anybody have any ideas
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Wendy


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IJP

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iconnumber posted 06-25-2005 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for IJP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tardy International Hallmarks on Silver, 1985, shows a mark similar to the uppermost example above, on page 85, as a mark for imported articles in Belgium, 1831-1868. However, I can't say for sure that it's an exact match... Very close, though, if not.

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blakstone

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iconnumber posted 06-25-2005 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blakstone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely right: the upper mark is the Belgian silver import mark, 1831-1868. The lower mark looks to be the French second (.800) standard silver Minerva head in use after 1838, though Minerva is facing down. That would have your piece made 1838-68 in France and exported to Belgium. Check carefully for a lozenge-shaped French maker's mark.

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iconnumber posted 06-26-2005 06:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wendlekins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thanks to you both :0)
I will give the box a good clean on the inside to see if there are any hidden marks
Wendy

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