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Viper

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iconnumber posted 02-09-2006 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Viper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I purchased a pretty little spoon at a sale recently and have even gone out & purchased a magnifying glass help figure it out. There are2 marks, one a diamond with some initials in it (a H? a L? a M and a H?) with two marks one above in the point of the diamond the other below in the point of the diamond. The diamond measures less than 1/8 inch long, and even with magnification I still cant figure it out.

There is another mark on the other side, but its even smaller and it just wont photo.
I usually don't buy silver, but this was just too cute.


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Kayvee

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iconnumber posted 02-09-2006 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayvee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that your spoon is 19th C French. I can cautiously suggest that the maker's mark in the diamond-shape appears to be that of H. LEMARIE, trading in Paris beginning in 1865. There should be a round coin shape in the upper point of the diamond, and an acorn shape in the lower point. I believe that the photo you have posted is upside down. These marks are devilishly difficult to photograph and you have done a good job. Please get that magnifying glass going again and see if my suggestion makes sense. The important thing is to get the first letter of the mark right. The other mark is the silver fineness mark and appears to be the head of Minerva facing right in a rectangle with clipped corners. If this is the case, then your spoon is .950 standard silver, higher in silver content than sterling. I'd love to see a picture of the whole spoon.

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Viper

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iconnumber posted 02-09-2006 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Viper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Kayvee.

I didn't know which way was up on that-hahaha. I couldn't read it at all. I'm still trying to get a better photo but my eyes are crossing.

Here is the spoon.

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Kayvee

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iconnumber posted 02-09-2006 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayvee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very decorative piece. How long is it? Depending on the size it could be a salt spoon, an individual ice cream spoon, or a bonbon server from a bonbon set. What do you think?

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