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Identifying Silver Markings

October 14, 2021

A silver pendant with red stones.I have a pendant with the stamps V8 925, and also an etched PL. The pendant appears to be silver and I was told it is sterling, to which I assume the 925 refers. I cannot find any information about the V8 stamp or the PL etch. Any information would be appreciated. There is Cyrillic writing on the pendant.

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Sterling silver contains only 92.5% silver. If the balance is platinum, you'll see this "PL". (It also can indicate "plated" but that should be easy to test.) I'm unsure about the V8 but it might indicate a maker, designer, or some other information relative to Poland, as I believe the inscription to be Polish Cyrillic.

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Your pendant has the word "love" written in two languages: English and Russian. This word in Russian, unlike many other Russian words, was spelled the same way both in the 19th century and after the spelling reform of 1917-1918 (in modern spelling too). en.wikipedia.org/.../Reforms_of_Russian_orthography

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You write about the V8 mark, but it looks more like 84, which means 84 zolotnik Russian silver. Hallmark 84 began to be used from the middle of the 18th century until 1917 vivien-shop.ru/.../klejmo-na-serebre-sssr.html The alloy contains 87.5% pure silver and 12.5% copper or other metals. Items with 84 zolotnik Russian silver are sufficiently durable, so they are well suited for daily use. But these items are prone to darkening. Your pendant does not look darkened. Look, for example, at a bracelet with 84: in.pinterest.com/.../
Also, in addition to the 84, the items should have had a town mark or the Kokoshnik hallmark www.925-1000.com/Frussia.html Your pendant does not have such marks, but only the PL mark - Assay master hallmark.

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I found Charka with PL, with kokoshnik and 84 marks by Jakov Ljapunov, St Petersburg 1898 www.lot-art.com/.../3234-charka_conique-10.12.19-piguet.
I found Samovar with P.L, Assay master Jakov Ljapunov, St Petersburg 1896-1903. But there is a dot after P. Your pendant has PL mark without a dot.

84 zolotnik Russian silver has the equivalent millesimal fineness of 875. And your pendant has a 925 hallmark - sterling silver.

I think that someone tried to pass off this pendant as an antique and put hallmarks 84 and PL. But later, possibly when imported into another country, the pendant was examined and marked with 925 corresponding to its characteristics. Therefore, I think that this is not an antique pendant and it is pointless to try to find out who made your pendant.

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November 23, 2019

I have a silver punch bowl ladle that is very old, but I do not know the meaning behind the marks on the reverse side of the piece. It is marked: MK100. The 100 is in an oval. It has a pour spout on one side and it is scrolled on the upper part of the handle.

A magnet does not stick to it. There are no signs of any wear. It cleaned up very nicely. It has been wrapped up forever. It was my grandmother's.

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November 24, 20190 found this helpful
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If it were silver, it would have a 925, 900, sterling or ster stamped on it. I think you have silver plate, and the mark is a manufacturer mark.

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MK100 is not a normal silver marking on a piece of sterling silver. This could be a manufactures mark or another type of marking for the item.

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I would consult an auction house to see how old the item is and if it is actually silver or not.

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March 25, 2010

I have silver by Rogers Brothers, 1847. It also has two letters after, that are I S. Can anyone tell me if this is sterling silver or not and what do the letters I S mean? The pattern is First Love.

By Jeannine Harris from Lake Charles, LA

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"IS" is an abbreviation for International Silver which bought Rogers Bros in 1898. The "1847" refers to Rogers founding a new process and not the date of manufacture .

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February 29, 2012

I have a cream and sugar bowl that is marked 175 and a teapot that is marked 597? Is this silver? I know it is very old; it is my grandfather's sister's.

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March 1, 20120 found this helpful
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The higher the mark, the more silver there is. You can find 925 in most rings, but this lower mark probably indicates it's silver plated. Anything that is silver can tarnish, even plated.

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Keep a magnet handy for when you are shopping for silver ware. Magnets do not stick to silver, so this is a good indicator that you have found the real deal.

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October 15, 2019

I have a silver sugar pot which says Silver and N on the bottom. What does that mean?


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October 15, 20190 found this helpful

Silver means the object is sterling silver. The N may be the identifying marking the manufacturer put on.

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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

It means it is sterling silver.You should check to see if it is worth anything.Check E-Bay.

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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

There is a website that specializes in all the silver marking on antique and vintage silver. They have over 12.000 silver marks on the site that will help anyone identify the marking on their item. I have used this site several times to search for the marking on some old silver coffee pots and tea pots I had found when I was a child.

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I would go here to check it out. You can find out a lot about the markings on your items and it is an excellent resource to help you understand these marking. This is the link to help you out - www.925-1000.com/

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November 22, 2021

What is date of tray and what does the hallmark 148k mean on serving tray.

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November 23, 20210 found this helpful

In America, sterling silver must have at least 925 parts per 1000 of silver. This is an Indian tray. I would think it has 148 parts, and far less silver.

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