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Jeweler’s Mark ID

Ronstar

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A ring I dug recently I initially thought was costume, even after the second look over I thought it was junk. The other night I was simply looking at it trying to figure out the design (flower) motif on the top. I have a loupe that goes 10x to 30x and while looking at it under 20x I noticed what looked like letters inside the band. Closer look confirmed STxxxxNG so grabbed the toothbrush and a toothpick and started working on it. The ring is heavily tarnished and the unreadable letters (ground grit as I call it) slowly came out and all the letters for STERLING are readable. Score.
In front of the word is a symbol which at first looked like SV woven together or maybe the V is a fancy “checkmark”. Looked thru the internet until blind and unable to match the symbol to anyone.
Took the ring to a jeweler who used a stereo scope and confirmed what I was seeing and he drew it out by hand. Ring will be cleaned and polished.
This ring was dug about 3-4” deep in an area I was pulling 40s wheats and a couple 40-50s Rosies so maybe same era?
Does anyone have a reference book that has older jewelers ID symbols? See attached pic of the hand drawn symbol, not to scale but I confirm it is the shape I was seeing.
Thanks! (Jeweler can research but cost is $30 an hour so hoping someone here can ID)
 

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Florida Son

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Or SJ?
 

Ronstar

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Well now I see it....... looking......🙄 Update: nope. There is some info but half of them have “no image available” so that doesnt help....
 
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Steve(Can)

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Ronstar

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I tried different websites etc and did not find anything close, but that mark is real close. Local antique shop called back and she believes she might have located it as well. If the V symbol turns out to be a serpent then it might be Egyptian and the symbols together may indicate 1911. To be continued....
 

Ronstar

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Ring cleaned! Mark, as best I can describe it, is as follows.....
Looks like an S sitting in the bowl of spoon with the handle bent up to 45ish degree angle. I still can not locate this mark.....It has a rose head with a stem and leaf as the theme on top of the ring. Photo of mark is best I can do, jeweler left a touch of crud in the marks so they show up better.....
 

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Steve(Can)

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Ron, the maker's mark looks incredibly similar to the SV "Fox" ring posted above;

SV.jpg

Even in the "STERL ING"... notice how the R and L lean into each other leaving the space between the L and the ING? Looks like the same stamp.


Comparing the faces, the rose and the fox are very similar in style. Dunno, pretty close, whaddya think?

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Ronstar

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You will notice in your silver ring photo the S and V are separate and the top of the right side leg of the V has a slight curl over and the top of the S is flattened. On my ring the S appears to sit in the “bowl” of the V (or J). You are right on the spaces and the similar styles of the rose and fox face.
Maybe I’m too critical here but after looking at about a dozen different SV and SJ markings I’ve noticed minor variations and some so slight you have to look twice. Nonetheless, the darned minor changes are often copyrighted. Usually I can find the marks listed somewhere but this one is just plain aggravating!!!!!
If you look closely you can see a small “dot” on the left side of the bottom of the S and this gives it the look of sitting in the “bowl” as I describe it.....
 

Ronstar

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Update::
Steve you hit it outta the park!!!!! The jeweler who cleaned it said if I wanted more cleaned out to just bring it back so I did. After getting what was left of the imbedded crud out it appears to be a match now. The tarnishing was giving us false lines and marks.
Do you have information from what you found as to whom the maker is/was? After a brief search by him he wasnt zeroing in on anything either.....
 

Steve(Can)

Well-known member
Update::
Steve you hit it outta the park!!!!! The jeweler who cleaned it said if I wanted more cleaned out to just bring it back so I did. After getting what was left of the imbedded crud out it appears to be a match now. The tarnishing was giving us false lines and marks.
Do you have information from what you found as to whom the maker is/was? After a brief search by him he wasnt zeroing in on anything either.....
For what it is worth, here's the link, someone else asking for info about the mark on a fox ring, but no replies

 

Ronstar

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Apparently no one on that site answers questions.........local jewelers say $30 an hour to research and identify and high percentage are done under an hour. Trying to determine if worth the effort but this sure is under my skin now...
 
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