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Silver Trays47 of 72Early 11" 644 gram London sterling platter -Unknown maker???Silver ? Dish with a Lion Head
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    Posted 9 years ago

    BHock45
    (807 items)

    Today I started to polish a small silver dish I picked up a few days ago for a dollar or so. Took me awhile, maybe 30 minutes of light polishing with cotton balls (3M Tarni Shield) to get the bottom polished. So as it cleans up I am noticing tiny little images everywhere. First I see a face, a small anchor, letters, lions, I start thinking I am hallucinating. I bring my jewelers loupe and the dish up to my wife and ask her to look around she sees lions anchors, etc. What is going on here?

    I tried to get a few good pictures, to see what everyone thinks. Does anyone see the Lion Rampant in the second image? Is this the Glasgow Lion? It looks a little wrong to me.

    Now, in the third picture I see a duty mark, an anchor to the left and the letter "O" above (You may need to zoom here). The last picture is the whole back and you can see letters stretched across among other things. Could this have been made of old coins???

    Does anyone else see this stuff? Am I losing it? Maybe I need a break??

    Merry Christmas!

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    Comments

    1. BHock45 BHock45, 9 years ago
      LOL...whats up Bellin68. I was going to check myself in, I swear. Does the lion look a little funny to you?
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      I see an antelope & a giraffe. Maybe we should swap "smokes". LOL . Ck. Hems, he has strange looking lions and maybe it's the same engraver? I think I see a part of what you are seeing but need to look closer. Send it to me & I'll give you my "expert" opinion. Not COD please.
    3. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      Lay off the eggnog
      :P
    4. BHock45 BHock45, 9 years ago
      does anyone know if the rampant lion ever faces to the right?

      blunderbuss2...you idea sounds great to me!!! wink wink, thanks for the help, stillwater...I am trying! thanks amberrose and bellin68 and mustangtony!
    5. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      Lion rampant always faces left. Which photo are you seeing it in? I'm not seeing anything that looks remotely like it. The marks wouldn't be all over the place, they would be right next to each other on a straight line
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      The lion would face to the right if crossing a street where people drive on the left side.
    7. filmnet filmnet, 9 years ago
      Lions and Anchors from the northeast of Massachusetts, i have some its either Towle or another silver company around here.
    8. filmnet filmnet, 9 years ago
      I do not see any lions anchors, etc.
    9. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      Actually the lions is the Brittish hallmark for sterling silver, and the anchor is their mark for Birmingham. Not Massachusetts, lol
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      I give up on you silver people. No sense of humour!
    11. BHock45 BHock45, 9 years ago
      Thanks everyone you are all right, now that I got some sleep I realized, I need a break. Merry Christmas!
    12. BHock45 BHock45, 9 years ago
      Now I think I know what I am seeing. Corroded gold plating. Thanks!
    13. filmnet filmnet, 9 years ago
      Anchor also is Gorham in RI
    14. filmnet filmnet, 9 years ago
      Looks like old sterling to me.should clean up nice
    15. BHock45 BHock45, 9 years ago
      I saw something just like this today. It is a salt & pepper dish no? That should explain the corrosion.
    16. BHock45 BHock45, 9 years ago
      I am very confused, does anyone know for sure what this is???
    17. BHock45 BHock45, 9 years ago
      THis is the "lion" in the second image from the right under high magnification. Follow this link to a second post.

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/77703-strange-silver-dish-continued

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