Follow this link to learn This is the combination of marks used to assay silver: Town mark, corresponding to the hallmark of the Assay Office which verified the piece Lion passant guardant or Britannia or lion's head erased, certifying the silver quality Maker's mark, identifying the silversmith presenting the piece to the assay office usually the initials of Christian name and surname of the silversmith Date letter, in cycles of twenty letters of the alphabet of different shape identifies the year in which the piece was verified by the Assay Office A further mark was used in the period 1784 - 1890: Sovereign head , certifying the payment of the duty. What it did mean was items could be mass produced. The pin is marked only Sterling Germany. Fakes Following a successful conclusion to one of the largest cases of its type in years, a serial forger was jailed in 2008 for the faking and forging of antique silver makers' marks. The auction house stated that it was from 1927. Crossed Keys The markings are in the above order--- The service is quiet elegant and in good condtion submitted by Bill Your pieces could have been made by the Birmingham Silver Company which previously was the Goldfeder Silverware Co. They have beautiful red, navy, light blue, green and cream enamel on the backs of the bowls, which is in great shape.
Most will do it for free. He had a shop on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California and became popular among the rich and famous of Hollywood. British sterling is marked with a lion. Evidently, she also sometimes uses her husband's initials also S. Marks were introduced by each country at different times, and the rules and regulations involved can be very complex. Viners is the name of the maker.
I own a catalogue of contemporary silver shown at the Brooklyn Museum in 1937. I have seen this on a number of 1960s-1980s or so brooches. Equally mysterious are the piedra negra and mixed metal pieces by the artist Tono, who is often confused with Antonio Castillo or Antonio Pineda. However, the date letter system allows antique plate to be dated more accurately than almost all other antiques. I've included a close-up of the mark, but it's hard to read as it's been double-stamped.
Hallmarking is as necessary today as it was in 1300 because when jewellery and silverware are manufactured, precious metals are not used in their pure form, as they are too soft. He also sometimes uses smooth, colored glass. Assay marking began in Birmingham in 1773. It can be worn by a man or a woman. The letter is used to signify the date of hallmarking. All of Great Britain use the same system to mark their sterling silver. Very little remains to the present.
When I first spotted this pin and earrings, I thought that they resembled Fahrner designs. Any Ideas as to Maker. She was about 90 years old when interviewed by Gail Selig in 1982. She also sold some of her clothing designs through a boutique on Madison Ave. Any info at all is appreciated! Dramatic, clean, and architectural lines can be appreciated on his designs.
Look at all the pieces and see if that is true. The small studio had a wonderful intimate quality selling not only jewelry created by Ray Graves but also the jewelry of his daughter Pattie, a recognized designer in her own right. English silver companies still usually use their initials or name in the mark. This is unfortunate in that chrysoberyl is a nice and expensive stone all in itself, especially if there is a color shift. It is 18 karat gold. The Mark which was hard to photograph looks like an Outline of an Eagles Head Side Profile. There are guide books that can help you identify the date mark on most older pieces of sterling silver.
Those letters are the maker's mark. The letters and cartouche shapes help to date the piece. I checked some sources for both silver and pewter but was unable to find anything like what you described. A crown is a mark for Sheffield England. Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium are always alloyed with copper or other metals to create an alloy that is more suitable to the requirements of the jeweller. The 'crab' mark is the Paris mark for silver, usually 800 silver I believe. Unfortunately, there is only a broad circa-dating range that we can infer from the marks on Los Castillo pieces - or most other Taxco makers', for that matter.
The brooch is beautiful with a delicate modern design. I've never heard of a Canadian silver fineness mark, and if it is, what is it doing on Danecraft pieces? You may find it there. She vowed never to wear any of her work in front of her students for fear of influencing them. Birmingham gained the right to assay gold and silver articles with the establishment of the Birmingham Assay Office in 1773. I could not trace this maker.
The last is the date mark which looks like a reclining letter G in script. She takes a lot of inspiration from natural forms. Maybe it was a wedding gift, and the initials are that of the bride and groom? I don't think it's especially old. Of course, unless you have documentation of the dates certain numbers were used, it's very difficult to date a piece using this method. It failed after two years. The only place I have been able to find this mark is in Tardy, and he claims it is the Canadian Silver Fineness mark - which I find hard to believe.