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Odd silver mark…?

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I am confused and intrigued in the same time.

I can not find in my database any similar signs or symbols on silver objects.

1. These symbols are identical, repeated three times on the same item (never seen before);

2. If the items are indeed solid silver, these symbols are apparently big size, not regular hallmark size, so possibly can be a mark of a silversmith, town or region from Middle East, South East Asia, North Africa or another country where the hallmark legislation is not very strict regulated.

3. Look carefully all around the dishes, maybe are another very small marks using numbers: 800, 835, 900, ect, to give another information about silver alloy. Sometimes, these numbers are hidden.

If you are very sure that the items are solid silver, not silver plated, it is an interesting set.

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16 minutes ago, James32 said:

@elfkincatcher can you read @stefffana comments and explain how you know they are definitely silver? Thanks.

If I may... 🤓 It don't look plated from the pics also looks like its been tested with nitric acid solution, cant help with the marks but could well be definitely silver.

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8 minutes ago, ArgentSmith said:

If I may... 🤓 It don't look plated from the pics also looks like its been tested with nitric acid solution, cant help with the marks but could well be definitely silver.

You most certainly may! 😄

We are getting there...just need the op to to confirm testing and/or extra markings...we should have this wrapped up by Halloween 😅

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Yes… tested and def silver.

I assumed they weren’t assay marks but a maker’s mark in some type of script… but I’ve tried picture googling it and photo translate (next door to useless unless it’s a typed script!) but to no avail!


Just to say who I am.. I was an antiques dealer/ valuer… now retired (not that I stop treasure hunting!!!) as I’m 70 on May 8 (in my mind I’m 18 and in my knees I’m 80)!!! … I have an MA in Fine Arts Valuation and a BA hons in Film and Video. My specialist are is the Arts and Crafts Movement… more copper than silver though. Love silver from Harts Guild of Handicraft, Liberty Archibald Knox and Omar Ramsden… 


I like researching items… as you may have guessed. These bowls aren’t that interesting but the mark is… it all adds up to increasing knowledge. I once found a Mohd Salleh (Kelantan) rose bowl at a jumble sale for 20p… a few months later came across a pair of Mohd Salleh candelabra cheap… I knew the mark… plus the pattern was identical which was a bit of a give away!

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i don't know what the marks are - all they make me think of is Chinese characters. Could this be a Chinese (or similar) piece.

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