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iconnumber posted 06-05-2004 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ottesub     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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I've bought this item but I ignore its use.
Its a container with the lid joined to the curved handle by a chain.

It's 7 in. long and is hallmarked '800' (European purity degree 800/1000) and a lion? within a trapezium.

Thank for you help.




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iconnumber posted 06-09-2004 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ottesub     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is wrong in my requests?
This is the third request of help I've posted.
For no one of them I've receive ONE reply.
Maybe my questions are not interesting or too difficult for a reply?
Someone is available to clear up this question?

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iconnumber posted 06-09-2004 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ottesub     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My requests were for THREE different arguments

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iconnumber posted 06-09-2004 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is not the answer, just a guess, but it could be an alcohol burner. The lid, attached by the chain, would have been important to extinguish the flames. If I'm right, it might have formed part of a larger object - a kettle, chaffing-dish or a fondue set, or possibly something individual for warming brandy etc.

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iconnumber posted 06-09-2004 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ottesub     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Patrick for your interest on my "guess".

Maybe it's an object linked to burning.

Another hypothesis is that this item was an inkwell, as I have a small glass ink container which fits perfectly into the hole (but the lid isn't tightly linked to the body, and rests on the body, so that this item wasn't suitable for transport).

What do you think about hallmark. I believe that it was made in 20th century but I was unable to identify it. The seller (wasn't an antique dealer) said that its provenance was East Europe, but maybe the lions are two maker's mark and the object is Italian.

Thank you again for your help (I was discouraged as only my questions had no reply)

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iconnumber posted 06-09-2004 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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What is wrong in my requests?

There is nothing wrong with your requests - only that there is nobody currently viewing them who has an answer. We have many thousands of visitors who only read and never participate. We would welcome more participation from those with knowledge of European silver, as we do yours from Italy. If more would seed the forums, as you have done with your interesting contribution (A surprising discovery) in the Silver Stories Forum, it might stimulate more participation. Please do not feel discouraged if replies are slow in forthcoming, as all participants do not visit the forums on a daily basis.

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