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Maker of mysterious moody paperweight ?
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:57:02 PM »
Hi All,

Does anyone know the maker of this mysterious moody paperweight?  It has a silver base, so no clues from the base.
Thanks!!

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Re: Maker of mysterious moody paperweight ?
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2017, 03:11:25 PM »
I noticed KevinH's good suggestion to use the Picresize site to improve the photos, and I am adding a few larger photos of the mysterious moody unknown paperweight.  The canes remind me of coral.

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Re: Maker of mysterious moody paperweight ?
« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 06:02:33 PM »
Silly question but the base looks a little bit French.  If it is silver have you checked for a very small Minerva mark?
I have a large piece of French silver that is marked but the mark is incredibly tiny and difficult to find.
Can you put a photo on of the base please?  curious to see the design on it.

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Re: Maker of mysterious moody paperweight ?
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 07:03:54 PM »
Thank you, flying free, for mentioning the silver base.  I have never seen a paperweight with a silver base before.  It has a maker's mark of SL.  I have tried to capture the three imprints that would indicate the location of the maker, the grade of silver and the year.  Unfortunately these three marks are so very tiny that I would need a higher power magnification to decipher what they are.  If you can shed any light on this I would be greatly appreciative.

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Re: Maker of mysterious moody paperweight ?
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 07:32:25 PM »
sorry I don't know much about silver.
The page I looked at seemed to say that the vast majority of French silver found today was made after 1838 and only carries two marks: Silver guarantee and Maker's mark.
So that might rule out France for the silver.
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Re: Maker of mysterious moody paperweight ?
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 08:15:08 PM »
Thank you, Flying Free, for checking on the French silver marks.  I did find a British silversmith named Simon Levy who in the first half of the 19th century used the SL hallmark, but I don't know if this is the same maker.

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