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Strange hallmark on the ring

July 18, 2018 - 6:14 pm

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Hello everybody,

I recently received an old ring (probably made of gold), but it has a very strange hallmark, which I couldn't find anything about on the internet. The left stamp looks like an owl's head drawn on the front, the right stamp consists of a tiny K, then something that looks like a human head in profile, and the number three. Otherwise there are no other stamps in the ring. Does anyone of you know what this hallmark means and where it comes from?
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July 18, 2018 - 7:10 pm

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Hello,

that looks like polish silver hallmark for 800; the owl was set in the period 1920-1963 when there was no master's mark / manufacturer's mark, so-called Lombard silver.

greeting
MaJa

July 18, 2018 - 9:52 pm

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Hello,

that looks like polish silver hallmark for 800; The owl was set in the period 1920-1963, when there was no master's mark / manufacturer's mark, so-called Lombard silver.

greeting
MaJa


Thank you Maja! Are you sure that it is a silver hallmark? So far I've been assuming a gold ring ... and gold-plated silver on a ring would be pretty weird too, wouldn't it?
After your reference to Poland, I once googled and found examples. On the silver hallmark, which is given there as a pattern, comes first the 3, then the woman and then the letter. The gold hallmark, on the other hand, has exactly this shape, there is the hussar's head ... on my ring it is unfortunately more of a "stain" than a recognizable head ... wouldn't that be more likely with an (externally) golden ring?
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July 18, 2018 - 10:11 pm

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does not look like gold-plated silver, because the edges show no color change
I'm not in the mood to google for the Polish hallmarks as well, but I know that the letter stands for the "district" where the ring was made, e.g. W for Wrozlaw (if I remember correctly)
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July 18, 2018 - 10:35 pm

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Hello,

I'm pretty sure about Poland. I don't know of any other country that has an owl's head. France has a complete owl as an import brand.
The salary stamp also looks very Polish. The "3" stands for either 333 gold or 800 silver. Unfortunately, the head is almost invisible. The hallmarks have also changed over the years, the current ones on the web may not be the ones that were valid at the time of manufacture.
As far as I know, the "K" stands for Kraków / Krakow. The best thing to do is to have a gold test done, then we will know whether it is gold or silver.

What I can already exclude is Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Portugal and Russia. There are still a few, but since the ring is older, not that many anymore ...

July 18, 2018 - 11:57 pm

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Thank you all!
I will have a gold test done in the next few days, with regard to the hallmark I have now been able to get hold of an official table from the hallmarking office in Krakow for the years 1931-1963. Accordingly, it should be a hallmark for 583 gold (333 was only hallmarked on wedding rings). The silver hallmark does indeed have the number on the other side of the head.
If anyone is interested, here are all lists of the hallmarks, sorted by year.
http://oup.krakow.gum.gov.pl/o…lskie.html

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