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Dutch Antique Silver Miniature Toy Scale -     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S1446
Period: Victorian
Year: Circa 1849-1888
Silversmith: Jacobus van Dam
Place: Schoonhoven
Price: $ 280.00
Weight: 28 grams
Dimensions: 3.3 cm * 1.9 cm* 1.5 cm (height)
Condition: Excellent.

Description: An interesting antique Dutch silver miniature scale, with 2 circular weighing pans mounted on 4 supports, resting on a table with a drawer with handle. Four weights of different sizes are also present, along with 2 bars, we assume lifters to move the weights. The table is rectangular, on 4 feet with a skirt, and is decorated with S shaped scrolls. The scale is 835 grade silver, typical of continental silver (and slightly lower grade than 925 sterling silver). The scale contains a number of interesting hallmarks, but as they are quite small they are difficult to decipher. The first mark is ZII, which is the Netherlands purity mark for 835 grade silver, (Tardy, International Hallmarks, pg 327). The second mark is Ad81 in a rectangular punch, this is the makers mark for Jacobus van Dam, who worked in Schoonhoven between 1849 and 1888. The 3rd mark is 835 in an oval punch (silver purity mark), the 4th mark is tiny and difficult to read, looks like "42NO". Some additional marks are present, these are indistinct, could be older marks. The style of the miniature silver scale is very similar to other Dutch miniature toys. Note - We originally described this item as either Dutch or Italian, and previously had not identified the AD81 maker, we now have confirmation of maker and Dutch origin, thanks to a leading Dutch silver expert.
Dutch Antique Silver Miniature Toy Scale -
Antique silver miniature scale

Dutch Antique Silver Miniature Toy Scale -
Scale

Dutch Antique Silver Miniature Toy Scale -
Hallmarks 1

Dutch Antique Silver Miniature Toy Scale -
Hallmarks 1 close up

Dutch Antique Silver Miniature Toy Scale -
Hallmarks 2

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