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iconnumber posted 11-17-2005 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for esperto56     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I have a salver from Hamilton & Co. of Calcutta. Is there someone who can date the marks?

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iconnumber posted 11-20-2005 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silver Lyon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wynyard Wilkinson in his book "The Maker's of Indian Colonial Silver" (1987) states that Hamilton & Co. Limited (you can see part of the abbreviation Ltd. at the right hand end of the maker's mark on your pieces) use a date letter from 1937 - so your piece must pre-date 1937. He does not, however, say when H&Co. acquired Ltd. status.

John Culme in "The Directory of Gold & Silversmiths" (1987) shows H&Co marks without the Ltd. up to 1912...

So your marks cannot be before then.

I would guess that H&Co. took Ltd. status c.1919, but this is JUST a guess.
Hope this helps! smile

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iconnumber posted 11-20-2005 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for esperto56     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Silver Lion,

I can agree with your interpretation.The piece (a very good quality big square salver)could date between 1919 and 1937 also considering its style typically art deco.

I have a copy of the very rare Wynyard Wilkinson book (buy directly from the author) but not the other one cited by you. Do you know other books devoted (also in part, but not marginal like Jackson) to British Colonial silver?

Thank you again

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