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AN UNUSUAL PSEUDO MARK
Most members will, I suspect, be familiar with the term ‘pseudo marks’ and may have encountered pieces of silver with such marks. Very briefly, a pseudo mark is a false or
counterfeit mark. Some are particularly sophisticated, others less so. I collect colonial silver and have seen numerous examples and indeed purchased some pieces because I find
them of interest provided the seller values the item accordingly, i.e. at a lower value than the identical item with a genuine hallmark. In my experience, I have seen more on
Chinese export silver than any other category of silver. Most pseudo marks are intended to mislead the buyer that the item is English on the basis of an array of alphabetic letters,
lions passant, and crown or leopard’s heads, etc.
However, the maker of the table spoon in the images cannot take any credit for a skilled hallmark nor can it be confused with the hallmarks from any known country. Indeed, I have
never encountered anything more simplistic, if not crude, so much so, the originator could probably successfully allege in a court of law no intention to mislead any purchaser on
the grounds of its extreme naivety.
The spoon itself is well made, good design (but definitely not English for a number of subtle reasons), and of a good weight. The monogram is chased and also well done. It was
sold to me as ‘Indian colonial’ but in my opinion, certainly not. What seems to be undeniable is that it would appear more of a bizarre afterthought than a serious attempt to fool
I have no idea where the spoon was made. Any suggestions?
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