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What is this three sided ball for

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marke4




Joined: 02 Mar 2007
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Posted: 30/03/2007 
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Does any one know what this item is used for? It opens into 3 compartments with a a latched cover. Its marked sterling and what looks like "JWL" I'm not sure if that is whats there. I feel its American made. But what is it called and what was it to hold? its about 10 inches in diameter.

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uncle vic
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Joined: 25 Sep 2006
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Posted: 02/04/2007 
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Hi there, and thanks for joining us here on silver-collector.com. I can't find anything like the mark in my American sources. Plus, can't even guess what its for. The word "sterling" tells us a few things, first, its not English or Continential......beyond that, a lot of central and south American silver is marked "sterling" as is some far east as well. Can you give us some history of the item as a place to start?

Uncle Vic
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Daniel Franks
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Joined: 14 Sep 2006
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Posted: 03/04/2007 
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Hi, sorry i've been so busy the last few weeks, I haven't had a chance to answer anyone.

The item itself is a three way folding biscuit box, for cookies or biscuits etc. Three ways are relatively hard to find in old silver, you tend to see a lot more two way folders, and the majority were produced in plate. I believe new ones are made in places like India and Singapore nowadays.

I don't recognise the marks either sorry. I will have a look through some marks books and see if I find anything for you.

Best regards
Daniel
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doughchm




Joined: 28 Aug 2007
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Posted: 10/09/2007 
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Looks like a "Pomander" to me
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Daniel Franks
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Posted: 13/09/2007 
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Pomanders were never made this large as they tended to be worn on a chain round the neck.

Daniel
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