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I have finally created a page for finished items coming straight from collections (mine and others). I am not sure what material the piece is made from - it has been beautifully and richly painted and is in a graceful pose. This 9 1/2 inch tall statue is named Baba Egum who represents all of the orishas or deities within its powers.
In medieval times, spoons were given as baptism presents in wealthy circles.
Because inns did not have anything as luxurious as spoons for their guests, innkeepers expected their well-heeled customers to supply their own.
The earliest surviving spoons of note are the Apostle spoons, which generally date from the 15th century.
As with all other metalware, spoons marked as sterling silver are 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper and other trace elements.
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.
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.
The Tairona carnelian beads give great energy to the silver pieces from Peru - all pre Columbian/pre Hispanic. This is a very simple strand of African trade beads originating in Venice. This beautiful carved ivory piece is 6 3/4 inches from one end to the other. The container at the bottom is 1 3/4 inches wide and 1 1/4 inches tall. Many dances and celebrations are involved including the dances of the Baba Egum.