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    Posted 3 years ago

    orivit
    (2 items)

    I purchased this silver hair comb from a wonderful dealer who was unfortunately not able to tell me much about it. The design captured me, but I haven't been able to puzzle this one through. Are those the stylized branching roots of a Secessionstil or art nouveau / jugendstil design or is it a modern abstract comb? I believe the sterling silver mark implies it was made in the English speaking world? I would appreciate any help identifying the artist/maker. Thank you!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      WOW - I understand your uncertainty .... is that a maker’s mark underneath the Sterling ???
    2. RCassano, 3 years ago
      It's just my opinion, but I believe the holes are a functional part of the design. That's where the user's fingers would go to "pick" their afro. It is marked for sterling silver, but I've never seen that mark before.
    3. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Fantastic.
    4. orivit, 3 years ago
      Thank you for your comments. I do think that is a maker's mark under the sterling mark, but I haven't been able to identify it- any ideas? Thank you!
    5. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      I think Scandinavia when I see that for some reason. Nice.
    6. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      So weird - I have never seen STG SIL. before. I knew SIL was silver. Guess I'm getting slow - It should have been obvious STG was Sterling! (Duh, Celiene!)

      "American Silver Jewelry Marks. American silver jewelry marks are fairly simple, usually including a purity mark, and sometimes a maker's mark. Because Sterling Silver is 92.5% silver, the common purity mark used today is “925.” Most vintage Sterling Silver pieces have the older marks: “STERLING,” “STER,” or “STG.”
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Very interesting and nice. Being scandinavian I can see why people would think it might be from around here. It looks somewhat like a midernisation of a viking comb. But I have NEVER seen that mark here. I found a discussion on another forum that point in another direction:
      http://925-1000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=39569
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Here is some more reading:
      http://www.about-antiques.com/marks-on-australian-silver/
    9. raven3766 raven3766, 2 years ago
      I found this on a silver forum, I don't know if this helps: Yes, STG is the abbreviation of STERLING and indeed could be made in Australia, New Zealand or South African.

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