www.silver-collector.com
ask questions to antique silver experts
homeHome    FAQFAQ    SearchSearch   

Silver Collector is now Closed

Its been a good run but these days there are more active forums for silver collectors.
If you need help reading silver marks we recommend you visit 925-1000

Thanks to everyone who's contibuted over the years, especially our fantastic moderators.


which country do these marks originate from

This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies.

Home -> Reading Silver Hallmarks -> which country do these marks originate from

Author Message
bez




Joined: 20 Mar 2007
Posts: 1

Posted: 20/03/2007 
Post subject: which country do these marks originate from
Reply with quote

hello, I would be grateful for any infomation about these hallmarks. I have tried to load an image but there is a pixel difference so this cannot be done , I will describe it as best i can . BAO in a rectangle ...925 in an oval...a triangle in a circle... capital letter fancy A in a square.. and the words sterling silver. I have spent hours looking on internet sites and cannot find the source of these marks so I will be very grateful for your experise and time if you could help me. thank you in advance.
Back to top  
uncle vic
Moderator



Joined: 25 Sep 2006
Posts: 696
Location: Baton Rouge, LA USA

Posted: 20/03/2007 
Post subject: re: which country do these marks originate from
Reply with quote

Bez - thanks for joining us here on silver-collector. I sketched out your description of the marks and cannot find anything close. I suspect it is American, north, central, or south. You may email me the image direct, royvictor@cox.net.

Let's start by what it is not: not English, since the Brits have a special (and simple) system that never uses the "925" or the words "sterling silver". Probably not Continential, since most of that is 800, 833, 835 or 900 (plus a good bit of old French 950) purity, not 925. The words "sterling silver" denote an American origin. I'd like to see the image to see how new & crisp the marks are, and how they are arranged. There is a fair amount of very modern Italian silver floating around with "sterling silver" on it and "925" as well, some I've seen with other marks that make no sense, probably intended to imitate English marks to some extent. Likewise there is a good bit of very new Middle Eastern silver around with such marks.

Also it would be helpful if you share with us the history of the item - where it was purchased, how long you have owned it, etc.

Just pure fun detective work. Keeps some of us occupied in our old age......

Uncle Vic
Back to top  
Display posts from previous:   

Page 1 of 1 This topic is locked: you cannot edit posts or make replies.


 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Use of this website constitutes an agreement to these Terms and Conditions
Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group :: founded by I.Franks Antique Silver & David Shure Antique Silver & Antique Silver Flatware