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What does this mark mean?


#1

Hi guys,

I have a crystal and silver barrel-form decanter. There is no date letter only this hallmark (First picture) embedded in this shield shape (Second picture). The first image is a man holding a bow and arrow. Accompanied by this there is a “1714” beside it. I cannot figure out the age or origin of this object. It came into our family 50 or so years ago. Any help would be appreciated.


#2

Your first picture appears to be a lion passant indicating sterling silver (turn it 90 degrees clockwise) and the I in a shield is identical to the London date letter for 1884. If this is true then you are 3 marks missing - uncrowned leopard’s head for London, duty mark (Queen Victoria) and maker’s mark. Could these have been polished away in the last 125 years? Can you get a picture of the whole decanter and also of the area where the marks are for us?