Hello Tomnik, Thank you for the information.
So, there are hallmarks on the item, but no record of the hallmarks at Goldsmiths.
How can this be?
Are there other establishments who create or record hallmarks?
Is it common to fill in a hallmark and restamp it? Ive never heard of this, but admittedly im not an expert in the field.
Would you guys feel okay that this piece is on the up and up? If the hallmark is not at goldsmiths, or anywhere else, does it greatly diminish the authenticity of the item? Should i be conserned that this is not sterling, but some other material?
Im not overly worried about needing to have a ‘famous’ or 100 yr old hallmark. But it is important that this item is in fact sterling silver. The silver weight was a significant factor in deciding to purchase this. If this were some silvery metal other than sterling, then the hallmarks are fake and ive paid too much.
I have received this item in the mail. It is very heavy and looks great!. One thing i notice that i was not aware of at the time of purchase, is that this statuette is made up of individual components which are somehow adhered together. The head , arms, possibly lower torso, and base are seperate components. Where things are attached is very well done. Is it customary for itemslike this to be made up of differnet components? How do they affix the components together? Some sort of silver solder?
Is there some way to test to confirm that its solid sterling? If i refer to my days in chemistry class, i believe i ‘could’ determine the vollumn of this item by immersing it in a beaker of water and measuring how much water it displaces. Then i could calculate the specific gravity of silver and determine if the size of the item (by vollumn) corresponds to what it should weigh if it were sterling silver.
Any advise or opinion is appreciated.