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submitted by Karen Ferrandi CA with an arrow through it is the mark for Carl Art, Inc.
of Providence RI, which is the listing ABOVE the mark on page 57 of Rainwater.
This time I have from my collection a wonderful sterling narrow twisted bracelet.
It is heavy in weight for its slim contour and on one end where there is the space to put it on the wrist is: sterling,then a capital A, then a half circle with spokes..like a half sun.
They look like a Lisa Jenks design, but are signed with the copyright symbol and an outstretched hand. There are a series of hallmarks on top of the bail, the 1st one is a bird or animal with its mouth open, the 2nd one is 830H, the 3rd one is an A with a bar across the top, the 4th one is a crown, he 5th one is R7.
(I believe) it is 1970 Finnish, from the town of Turku, but wasn't able to come up with an artist.
Places like Egypt still today only use 830 silver I would just like to correct one point.
Britain always used the standard 925 and had another standard which is 956 silver which was called Britannia silver (this Britannia silver is seldom seen) and instead of the Lion rampant or lion Pageant you would see Britaina. Hence why British silver is sought after pre-1900 hundreds.
When information is found it will appear with credit given to the person who provided it. Marks were introduced by each country at different times, and the rules and regulations involved can be very complex. these standards all appear around the turn of the century at various time according to the descretion of the manufacturer.
Some countries, like France, use symbols rather than numbers, and so 925 would never have been used in those countries. A link to her site can be found on the Educational and Informational Sites page under Reference on my web site (last listing on the page). it would not come into use until after the sterling standard was introduced by england in the later part of the 19th century. goverment standards have been set for centuries and vary as to marks and country.
Britain would not accept any standard below 925 as silver. Scandinavian countries used 830s silver like Denmark moved to using 925 silver in 1927 however even though a higher grade of silver was used by most jewellers in Scandinavia, they stuck to stamping there jewellery 830s as they did not have to pay a tariff to the assaying office for the change over to 925.
So most Jewellery made by fine houses in Scandinavia will in fact be marked 830s but will have a standard silver of 925.
Thanks and regardssubmitted by Ray Zammit I've only run across the use of the number '916' in one instance, and that in conjunction with the letter H, ie '916H'.