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My guess is that's a head of wild hog - French hallmark for 800/1000 silver fineness used for small objects from May 1838 Here is a page about french hallmarking system on silvercollection.it. Look for "Hallmarks from 10 May 1838". Another page from wineantique dedicated to silver standards. French 800 was guaranteed by the Minerve 2. The Minerve ...


After visiting another antique market I now know more about the hallmarks: The 8 star 4 either means that the 84% of the material used is not silver but some other metals - in other words the metal mixture contains 16% silver. Or, not my case, is would be mean that 84 grams of silver have been used to create the set of objects. This is usually marked with a ...

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