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    Hey gents. Got this awesome fixer up brush handle from a certain Texan on these here interwebs..
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    And a close up of the stamps.
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    I look forward to boring this out carefully to see what size shavemac I can fit inside.

    Sterling silver, but would be curious what all those stamps actually mean.

    Cheers, and thanks a sterling pound to Mr Tom for sending it my way.

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    Try this link - every hallmark you can think of.

    Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks


    The lion means sterling - .925, the anchor means Birmingham.

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    Were I to guess they mean as follows;
    Goes well with After Shave, sinks like an anchor if dropped in the ocean, made from genuine Griffon tail hair, and made for Labatts

    Course I could be wrong on a couple of the stamps...


    Edit: Thanks Cincinnatus, I will look them up.
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    "AS" is the maker and the cursive L is the date code - but I don't see that listed under Birmingham.
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    The cursive L is 1985. No idea who AS is - sorry.

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    It is for Argyle Silver. A very old name which was apparently kept alive by a more contemporary silversmith in London.
    As he passed, no one was there to keep up the work and, as I understand, all the remains were auctioned-off.

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    Super cool story.
    Argyle Silver, circa 1985.
    Birmingham England..
    Might need to find a Simpson knot for it now...
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    Well, it was assayed in Birmingham. The maker was in London!

    I think it deserves a fine, larger knot. The silver was formed over wood and the maker did not make it deep enough to properly set a knot, IMO. Needs boring out a bit deeper.
    Just don't chuck that handle up in a lathe, now!
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    Sweet handle! Love the shape of it too. Looks like she has a few dings..... Little Bondo should do the trick, eh Mike, eh Tom?

    Or is that just a reflection?
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    Yeah, a few dings, to be certain. Being a wood core with silver laid-over, I figure a good silversmith may be able to fix?
    I have seen people shrink out dents with liquid refrigerant and liquid nitrogen......
    Anyhoo, we refer to that as 'patina'!

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