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    Posted 9 years ago

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    This a one more pin from my grandmother. I thought it was plated because of the yellow/brown colour but when I gave it a good cleaning it turned out to be marked 800 for silver and looks wonderful now. I was very happy to be wrong!

    I know that my grandma had this pin forever. She's been dead now for over 25 years. I am trying to find out how old this pin might be based on the design. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for looking:(

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    1. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      The back is where most of the information is, would you add a photo of it?
      Its probably German, that rocker-engraved border dates it earlier, since that wasn't done for very long because its very labor-intensive
    2. freiheit freiheit, 9 years ago
      Thanks Stillwater. I will take a photo of the back and post it tonight.

    3. freiheit freiheit, 9 years ago
      Thanks a lot to nldionne, AmberRose, valentino97, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, mustangtony, BELLIN68, and Moonstonelover21 :)
    4. freiheit freiheit, 9 years ago
      I took a photo from the back and - oh no! - the yellow dirt was there. Went back to clean a bit more, got rid of most of the yellow stuff, whatever it was, and took the last photo. But I also found out by looking at the enlarged photo that the mark is not 800 but rather something I cannot make out and then an 8 and a 3 and something else. And yes, Stillwater, I think it was German. :)
    5. Newtimes Newtimes, 9 years ago
      800, 835 and 925 are silver marks you often see here in Belgium and Germany. So maybe it says 835.
    6. freiheit freiheit, 9 years ago
      Thanks Newtimes. I think you are correct and it might be 835. But the last number is not legible. :)
    7. davyd286, 9 years ago
      The pin seems to be made from two small spoon handles and connected with rings, perhaps for sentimental reasons.
    8. freiheit freiheit, 9 years ago
      What an interesting idea! I wish I could ask my grandmother. She had some items made by a local jeweler, so it is possible that you are on the right track. I am speculating: my grandmother had a daughter who passed away at the age of 10. It was customary to have small silverware cutlery given as a present for babies. Who knows; maybe it was her daughter's.

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