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Author Topic:   Hallmarks on pair of candlestick - Silver? Portugal?

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iconnumber posted 01-30-2012 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for anticuariato     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Hello SSF people!

I am a student from Argentina now living in Chicago. Traveled avidly all over the world and developed a fascination and taste for art/antiques through my parents.

I have several pieces I inherited from my mom and I am trying to trace the origin of each of them.

Here is the first one: I have spent the entire weekend, unsuccessfully trying to identify these marks. I am hoping someone with more experience can guide me in the right direction. Portugal, maybe?


    LEFT: Crowned "P"
    RIGHT: IPC? JPC ? I J C ?

Thank you very much in advance.

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iconnumber posted 01-30-2012 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My guess is Oporto, 1843 to 1853. Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal. It is a port city on the Atlantic coast in the northern part of the country. The zig-zag line is where the candlestick was originally tested by the assay office after it was made so that the purity of the silver could be cconfirmed and the object could then be hallmarked. A small flat tipped graver was pushed into the metal there and twisted side to side, side to side, as it was pushed along the base there to gouge out some of the metal to test.

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iconnumber posted 02-02-2012 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A simple thank you for information given is polite and would encourage people to continue being forthcoming in any future questions.

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