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H is the first letter of the Finnish word for silver, Hopea, and '916H' is a Finnish designation for .935 silver, see Warman's Jewelry 2nd Edition, 'Marks on Metals' for a concise listing of many silver fineness marks.'Tardy's International Hallmarks on Silver' is a great resource, and also includes the above info, and much much more, including information about the hallmarks used in Malta from about 1530 onwards.
Both of the above volumes can be found available for sale online or at quality booksellers. Hi Sande-- I'm a silversmith here in the US and often work in Ag .980 I know many people that do as well.
The marks section of this book is the primary reason for owning it (forget the prices! The book is now in its 4th edition, published by Krause Publications, but I don't know if there are any additional marks.
I have a silver pendant that was recently bought at a thrift store for It has a large (about 32X22mm) agate or jasper cab, bezel set on a solid silver sheet. Regarding silver and wooden jewelry by Kaija Aarikka of Finland, I have several questions.
Otherwise, you're correct about the remaining hallmarks.
This time I have from my collection a wonderful sterling narrow twisted bracelet.
The are many reasons for using it over sterling silver. Most of the imports currently being mis-labeled as hill tribe silver are done in Ag .980, The smiths I've met over there prefer it because it is softer and easier to stamp and forge than sterling.
It melts at a higher temp and so folks over there do not like it for casting however.
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.
I picked up a pair of contemporary silver earrings at an estate sale this weekend.
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.
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.
submitted by Karen Ferrandi CA with an arrow through it is the mark for Carl Art, Inc.
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In the states it is most often referred to as --fine silver--.