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iconnumber posted 10-24-2001 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dana3822     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to know the maker of these pieces and how old are they?

135 pieces of 800 silver, hallmarked, 800 inside an oval, then is a star 100 PO inside
A kind of rectangle, and “G” inside a horizontal diamond and both inside an oval.
Signed LQ.

They are:

    Spoons: (8 of 4”) (8 of 5”) (8 of 5”) (8 of 8”)
    Forks: (8 of 7”) (8 of 7”) (16 of 8”) (12 of 6”)
    Knifes: (8 of 6”) (8 of 8”) (8 of 8”) (8 of 10”) (8 of 9”)

And 19 serving pieces of different sizes.[/list]Pd: for some writing on the knife blades they seem to be Italian.

I will appreciate any help



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iconnumber posted 10-24-2001 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for akgdc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, these sound almost certainly like modern (post-WWII) Italian silver. The first mark you describe is the fineness mark, for 800/1000ths fine silver. The second is a registry mark with an abbreviation for the province of origin (I think PO is Prato, in Tuscany) and number which is the supplier's official government ID number. The other marks you describe are probably a maker's mark and retailer's mark. It's hard to identify them further without a photo. And in any case, I don't think there's any published guide to modern Italian silversmiths' marks (perhaps a forum participant knows otherwise).

As to age ... if the marks predated 1945, there would be a fasces (the bundle of rods that was a symbol of Italian fascism)between the 100 and the PO. Otherwise they date from the Italian Republic, sometime between 1945 and the present.

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