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halanb
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Rare Silver Bell Pin Cushion Birm – Levi & Salaman 1909
A solid silver pin cushion in the form of a bell. Fully hallmarked for this renowned silversmith and complete with registration number this scarce item is perfect for the collector.
Assay: Birmingham – Date: 1909 – Engraving: None – Maker: Levi & Salaman
Weight: 16 grams – Measurements: Height 54mm (2.1in) x Base Diameter 44mm (1.7in)
Condition: Some dings and scratches consistent with age. No other damages. Strong hallmarks. superb

Not itself a bell, but a bell-shaped or bell-related item. Sterling silver with hallmarks.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160628540228&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

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We have seen the silver hallmarks in the left photo previously. The Maker’s Mark (initials in a cartouche), an Anchor denoting Birmingham as the place of manufacture, the Lion Passant denoting sterling silver, and a Date Mark for the year of manufacture. The seller interprets these as:
Levi & Salaman – Birmingham – Sterling silver – 1909

There is another mark we have not seen previously – a British registration mark. One Internet source for interpreting these registration marks may be found here:
http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmuseum/Dating_English_Registry_Marks.htm
By following this link you can see that the item was registered at the Patent Office in London (similar to a USA Patent Number, but used for Designs, Trade Marks, Copyrights and Patents) sometime in 1907.

An Internet source for interpreting the silver marks may be found here:
http://www.silvercollection.it/englishsilverhallmarks.html
Scrolling down the page you will see a section headed “LONDON SILVER DATE MARKS” with six columns of years and the corresponding style of letter and cartouche used for that year. Scrolling down even further you will see that the letter “k” was used in 1905. Whoops! The registration number said it was registered in 1907, the seller said it was made in 1909, so whazzup with that?

Aha! The table heading did say LONDON. Could Birmingham be different? Just below the London table is a section headed “OTHER TOWNS.” Click on Birmingham and a new page will open, pertaining only to Birmingham, and it does show that “k” was used there for 1909. Why the difference? I have no idea.

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