Posted 7 years ago
Here I have a very beautiful antique sterling silver jewelry trinket box. That dates back to 1898. I'm unsure what this piece is named, but I do know it is sterling silver.
There are three symbols on the left side of the lid.
As well as numbers and letters on the bottom.
S4964 which almost looks scratched in at the top where it bumps up to the highest point.
Directly below that is what looks like I N P stamped into the metal.
The assayer's Hallmarks determine this is a British sterling silver piece.
I know the first mark (starting on the left) can stand for the duty was paid or which city it was made in.
The middle mark the lion passant (walking lion) is the symbol for sterling silver (925).
The last symbol which is a lowercase k stands for the year it was made But....
I cannot make out what the first symbol is and I do not know which year the lowercase letter k stands for.
I figured out the Shield in the last symbol with the lowercase k is a London shield and the piece was made in 1898
More than likely the first symbol is either the King or Queen's head. Which symbolizes the duty has been paid.
6 inches wide (side to side)
3 inches deep (front to back)
1 1/4 inches tall (top to bottom)