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    Posted 8 years ago

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    My father was a military officer in Red Army in Europe 1943-1945.he was in Germany, Austria,Hung aria Czechoslovakia .He bring this spoon in Russia in 1945 .Can somebody tell where from this spoon and ornament on spoon body mean . Inside have two Stamp a mark --84 and 98 .
    Thank you for the help!! L=6 inch
    I appreciate any insight from anyone.

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    1. solver solver, 8 years ago
      Your "84" mark in a rectangle is the Russian Kokoshnik mark used for the period 1908-1926.
      source: Silvercollection dot it site, under the heading "Other Kokoshnik marks used in the period 1908-1926"

      The 84 is one of the four Russian standards to indicate silver purity.

      So, 84 zolotniki = 84/96 or 875/1000 parts pure silver fineness, or .875. As a comparison, "sterling" silver is 925/1000 fineness or .925.
      source: 925-1000 dot com "A Brief Overview of Russian Hallmarking"

      The other mark, when the spoon is reversed, is the maker's mark. The B is the Cyrillac letter "Ve" and the ? is the Cyrillac letter "Be." I am not able to identify this silversmith.

      So, the Cyrillac script B? translates to the Latin letters VB.

      source: Wikipedia "Cyrillic script:"
    2. solver solver, 8 years ago
      I see that my cut and paste of the Cyrillac letter "Be" didn't print and instead is a question mark. Anyway, it is the other symbol that I will try again:

      B? = VB

    3. solver solver, 8 years ago
      :-) one more try and then I give up:

      BБ = VB

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