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Silver vase with German marks


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Hi, @Snow1212.

Posen/Poznan and Stettin/Szczecin are now both cities in west of Poland, not very far each other. Previously, during the 19th century, they both were part of Prussia. Pre 1886, the silver hallmarking system was not very efficient and enough regulated. It is possible both cities to be part of the same silversmith's guild.

My opinions about your item:

1. Look too new to be 150-250 yrs old, in my view it was made with modern techniques and machines. Also, the marks look too crisp and perfect for 18th-19th century. Can be a modern replica, not solid silver, with pseudo-hallmarks applied. If it would be my vase, I would definitely test it with acid on the bottom and inside, to be sure it is not silver plated. 

2. If I am wrong and it is indeed old solid silver, it was made probably in Posen by an unknown silver maker who used the mark stamped in the middle, but was sold in Stettin and was necessary to apply the city mark. Stettin was until beginning of 19th century part of Swedish Pomerania, which would perfectly explain why it is now in Sweden.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,



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