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Posted 6 years ago

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Anybody got a clue as it WHAT exactly this was used for? It measures approx: 3-1/4" tall with an 1-3/4" diameter rim
No markings, not magnetic, and quite heavy?
Thanks for any help

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  1. gingerakesler gingerakesler, 6 years ago
    Thanks so much, does this indicate that it does indeed have a good age to it?
  2. toracat toracat, 6 years ago
    Hi! Look at the very bottom rim, it might say sterling, I have one similar, I see something maybe in your first photo, maybe not! Also good call on my sculpture, it is J. Gong the drunken Munk!
  3. gingerakesler gingerakesler, 6 years ago
    Yes! I can't believe I was right about something, yeehaw!
    I have looked everywhere for a mark, bu alas...none. It is very heavy for it's size, and tarnished...I don't think pewter tarnishes, correct?
    Do you think it is very old?
    Thanks everyone!
  4. toracat toracat, 6 years ago
    Hi Yes ROBinHawaii identified Ji Gong but you noticed he was drunk! Congratulations! You said he was drunk and singing! Have you been in same situation? haha you do not have to answer, your friend Don
  5. gingerakesler gingerakesler, 6 years ago
    Where in the first photo?
  6. stevedeal001, 6 years ago
    Hi All,
    Ginger, I believe the person was referring to what I see as a tarnished area around the bottom rim of the piece.
    However, yes, it does look of nice age.
    Further try seeing if a magnet is attracted. Not an absolute.
    With all pieces that I truly question, I silver test. I have an unmarked peruvian cup that was sold to me as silver and turned out to be almost pure. this is unusual though.
    silver testing at a pawn show usually costs about $3 ?
    My opinion :),
  7. gingerakesler gingerakesler, 6 years ago
    Thanks stevedeal001, and I listed in my original post that it is not magnetic. Yes, I should invest in some type of silver testing kit (I believe they make those, or there is a way to do it by weight?)...I'll put it on my list....gotta get one of those lights to check for vasaline glass, too...and prolly about a million other gadgets ;)
    Thanks again!
  8. stevedeal001, 6 years ago
    Hi Ginger, it was in the details about magnetic :).
    Silver testing kits are cheap on ebay. It's a lovely piece that I couldn't go long as a silver lover without knowing what it was made of !
    Great day to you..
  9. gingerakesler gingerakesler, 6 years ago
    Thanks again, good sir!
  10. Dgm0050, 3 years ago
    This is a Jewish Challah Cup. I think that's the way its spelled. The cup is used in Jewish ceremonies during certain Jewish Holidays. Comes with a saucer and is sterling silver or silver plate.
  11. gingerakesler gingerakesler, 3 years ago
    Thanks, Dgm0050!

    What should I make of it not being marked anywhere? I thought all SS and SP was marked.
  12. stevedeal001, 3 years ago
    If it was silver there would be a mark. Still, take it to a pawn for testing.
    Dgm0050 is correct on identity.
    It could also be brass not silver. Solving all your questions. Brass wouldn't be marked.
    You still haven't taken it to be tested.. which leaves us all in the situation of guessing.
    I've had to find some stamps with a magnifying glass. Those spots tend to varnish quickly.

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