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Waylander

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iconnumber posted 06-06-2016 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Waylander     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello all

Anyone recognise this maker? Hope the photo is clear enough. Suspect pre 1850 as the rest of the odds and ends that this spoon came with (being other US spoons) all appear to be coin silver

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ahwt

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iconnumber posted 06-08-2016 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting series of marks, but I have looked through my reference books on American silver and do not see anything that would identify these marks.


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Waylander

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iconnumber posted 06-09-2016 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Waylander     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cheers! I'll post if I find more information

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wev
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iconnumber posted 06-09-2016 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Norway. The M is the assayer's mark used 1842-1863. The last mark would be the city, but do not know which it might be.

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Waylander

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iconnumber posted 06-10-2016 05:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Waylander     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your comments wev. Even the power of Google has only thrown up a tentative reference to Trondheim (and that reference seemed specific to the assay mark itself, not the rubbed mark at the base of the spoon).

Anyway, I'll keep digging. Sometimes enjoyment comes not from arriving at the destination, but the journey to get there (fairly sure I am paraphrasing someone famous in that sentence, but seems apt still for hallmark investigations!).

Cheers

Waylander.

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Waylander

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iconnumber posted 06-10-2016 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Waylander     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just an update here. A friend reckons it is a Maltese piece. He says:

It's Maltese.

Maltese silver of this period carries the makers mark and also a single letter that denotes one of the three silver standards permitted at this time, the standard was divided into 12ths and as follows:-

"F" (French Silver) 11 1/2 parts Silver to 1/2 part alloy
"R" (Roman Silver) 11 parts Silver to 1 part alloy
"M" (Maltese Silver) 10 1/2 parts Silver to 1 1/2 parts alloy "

Anyone has experience with Maltese silver?

Anyway, maybe an Admin can move this post to a more appropriate forum, because it appears the spoon isn't American!

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Waylander

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iconnumber posted 06-10-2016 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, perhaps, except that the Malta purity M was in a shield-shaped punch and they never used a date year.

Moving the post is appropriate either way.

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