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JanGroen




Joined: 07 Apr 2015
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Location: South Africa

Posted: 21/12/2015 
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This Birmingham 1939 fob were given out by E.P & Border High School Athletics Ass. for the 100yds in the same year. This one I like because it were made in beginning of WW2 and must have been shipped the same year to South Africa. The medal seems to have a mat/pitted surface, Would it have intentionally be put one and how? The sides and engraving are still shinny but the hallmarks also got this mat texture.

Jannie

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silvermakersmarks
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Joined: 24 Jan 2008
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Posted: 21/12/2015 
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I'm not an expert in silver work but I think that the pitted finish is a coating applied after hallmarking - similar to the coating seen on the inside of cigarette cases. I don't know what its purpose is; it may have anti-tarnish properties. I've tried searching the net before for information on this but have failed so if anyone out there can add any more I would be interested to know.
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JanGroen




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Posted: 21/12/2015 
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Almost seems like it has been sandblasted. I have two Birmingham medals with this finish. May have been etched by nitric acid.
Jannie
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