Hello All! I’ve been a viewer here and enjoyed the posts, now I have a question of my own, so decided to join! I have a box of miscellaneous silver/silverplate inherited from my grandmother. It really is a motley collection, random pieces missing the rest of their sets- probably all plated and not worth much, but before I donate it, I have to ask about one very heavy piece. It’s nearly 10 lbs and I wouldn’t want to risk giving it away if it’s solid silver or worth something.
There are no words or marks on the piece other than a three-shield hallmark I haven’t been able to identify from any site. It’s pressed into the bottom, an ornate shield with an ‘M’, followed by two simple shields- the middle containing a ‘tree’ glyph or inverse-psi, and last a ‘C’ with a crown above it. Look familiar to anyone?
The piece itself is a stand of some sort, rounded top and decorated base, in between is a fluted post flanked by two cherubs. The bottom is obviously cast, and the 3 pieces are held together with a rod or bolt with nuts on the bottom.
It’s a strange piece, if anyone has any questions, thoughts, or suggestions on where/how to further my research, it would be appreciated!