Most silver jewelry is signed with at least two marks, one for the artisan, company or studio that made it (maker's mark) and another to denote its silver content (assay or purity mark).
Silver jewelry makers' marks are usually in the form of a pictorial logo or initials and the vast majority are well-documented and often officially registered as authentic trademarks. In most cases, these marks vary over time and with proper identification they can provide solid clues as to the period a certain item was made.
Assay or purity silver marks can be as simple as a word, e.g. STERLING, or a number, e.g. 925, or even the official Hallmark of the country of origin.
Identifying silver marks on jewelry is essential for appraising their value. Design and style aspects are also key as some jewelers are more popular or famous than others.
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Sterling Silver Jewelry Box: Lot 130. Sterling
Silver Jewelry Box. Sterling silver jewelry box engraved Harriett on the lid, with wooden lining. . 20th C. Sterling. 5. 10 oz. T. Marked: S&S Sterling 1. 1 1/2 x 4 x 3 ... [more like this]
Sterling Silver Jewelry: Sterling Silver
Jewelry Box Sterling silver jewelry box engraved Harriett on the lid, with wooden lining. 20th C. Sterling 5. 10 oz. T. Marked: S&S Sterling, 1 1 1/2 x 4 x 3 1/2 in. Estimate ... [more like this]
SILVER. Assorted Silver and Silverplate Decorative:
Boxes. Includes an Italian . 800 silver footed box with varying finishes, stamped to underside, "800" with faint Italian national mark; an Italian . 800 silver footed box ... [more like this]
A RUSSIAN SILVER JEWELRY BOX, WORKMASTER
VASILY PULYATKY, MOSCOW, 1883-1917: VASILY PULYATKY, MOSCOW, 1883-1917 . a silver jewelry box of bombe form with latch on foliate scroll feet, the stepped lid decorated ... [more like this]
236. A Sterling Silver Jewelry Casket by
Birks, American, 20th Century
Sterling silver quatrefoil casket raised on foliate feet, with a hinged lid decorated with floral border, monogramed "S." Interior lid is ... [more like this]
German Silver Jewelry Box & Snuff Box: early
20th century, both oval-form, 1) German silver jewelry box of oval-form, embossed with floral and scroll decoration, hinged cover embossed with winged putti and garland, monogrammed ... [more like this]
Sterling silver jewelry box or coin box hinged
jewelry box or coin box by Ahrendt & Kautzman, first quarter-20th century, model 671, stamped S. Kirk & Son Co., green velvet liner, raised relief monogram, key included, ... [more like this]
French Export silver jewelry box with inset
miniature on ivory of two dogs in snowy landscape miniature on ivory of two dogs in snowy landscape. Miniature 3.5" diameter, box is 8.5"W x 6"D x 3"H, French Export mercury ... [more like this]
French Export silver jewelry box with inset
miniature on ivory of two dogs in snowy landscape: miniature on ivory of two dogs in snowy landscape. Miniature 3. 5" diameter, box is 8. 5"W x 6"D x 3"H, French Export ... [more like this]
SILVER. Assorted Silver Mounted Vanity Jars
and: Accessories. Includes an American sterling mounted cut glass scent bottle with triangular stopper; an English silver jewelry box with tortoise shell insert - Birmingham ... [more like this]
850 SILVER JEWELRY BOX - Continental Repoussed
850 Silver Jewelry Box late 19th c with scalloped sides and domed hinged top friction closure French style decoration of the Four Graces on top c-scroll and floral decoration ... [more like this]
English sterling silver jewelry box
jewelry box modeled as a desk with repousse garden scene on top, Wm. Comyns & Sons, Ltd., London, about 1921 (date obscured), 6 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. H., 8.65 ozt.
Condition: ... [more like this]
9150 - 19th C. French Gilt Silver Jewelry
19th century French jewelry box, gilt silver and shagreen with wood interior, with original key, marked with "Minerva," 1 3/4" h x 6 1/2" w x 5 1/2" d. Provenance: ... [more like this]
Gorham Sterling Hallmarked Jewelry Box:
Gorham sterling jewelry box with overall engraved designed of braids and floral. Oval on lid with scroll motiff, possibly a monogram. Inside lined in mint green fabric with ... [more like this]
A Celadon Jade Inset Enamel on Silver Jewelry
Box Diameter 3 inches. : Box . inset with two celadon jade bangles. . Diameter 3 inches. . Estimate $1, 000-2, 000 . . Diameter 7. 6cm ... [more like this]
Silver Jewelry Box: Silver Jewelry Box.
Measures 2 inches high x 5. 5 inches wide x 1 inch deep. ... [more like this]
Ivory and Silver Jewelry Casket: Ivory and
Silver Treasure Chest Style Jewelry Box ... [more like this]
The McChesney Co. Sterling Silver Jewelry
Casket: United States, Early 20th Century. . Oval shaped box of simple design with tan lining and working lock. Weight as seen 12. 7 ozt. Sterling silver, 2 1/2" t x 5 1/2" ... [more like this]
Two sterling silver rectangular boxes: one
Gorham gilt silver jewelry box with stepped base, blue fabric interior, "173", 1-3/4 x 5-3/4 x 4 in., one rim dent ; one Birk with enameled flag, interior wooden ... [more like this]
English Sterling Silver and Tortoiseshell
Box, London, 1906, William Comyns, maker, the shaped silver jewelry box raised on four bracket feet, with bellflower rim and engraved floral decoration to top, the inside ... [more like this]
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