What is a flea market?
The world around us Yuri Orlov Grandmaster 3 What is a flea market? Flea markets in Europe and Asia Over the past half century, the world has changed beyond recognition.…

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Porcelain collecting
Collecting can be safely attributed to the most common hobby. Collectors are able to see the beautiful in ordinary things. It is worth noting that today this hobby is positioned…

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WATCH COLLECTION WITH A LIMITED BUDGET
Most collectors are always looking for the sleeping one who is waiting to be found. One story tells how a collector went to a pawnshop and asked the owner if…

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only the initials remained.

HISTORY OF THE CLEARING OF STERLING SILVER

Since silver is a soft metal, it is practically not used in its pure form. Most often it is an alloy of silver and copper. The ratio of the quantities of one and the other metal was constantly changing, until Edward I introduced the branding system in 1300, according to the standard, now the share of silver in the finished product should be at least 92.5 percent. Only in this case could silver be called “sterling” and wear a stamp with a leopard head.
After 63 years, that is, in 1363, the brand of the master was introduced, which made it impossible to falsify the products with the stamp of the head of a leopard. In 1478, a letter appears, which means the year of branding of the product. And in 1544, the image of a walking lion put the final confirmation of the royal control over branding. Continue reading

Antiques Assessment - Customer Information
Evaluation and buying up antiques today is one of the popular forms of selling old things. If you consider it necessary not just to throw things away, but to find…

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FAMOUS AMERICAN RAILWAY POCKET WATCHES
It was the end of the nineteenth century in America. The car has not yet been invented. The Kodak camera has not yet been launched on the market. Women wore…

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ABOUT COPPER
Copper has long been considered a magical material. Water did not deteriorate in copper dishes, pendants were protected from diseases, copper nickels were applied to a bruised place. COPPER -…

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Types of antique cabinets
In the world there are a huge number of antique antique cabinets of various origin, age and condition. This type of furniture, both earlier and in our time, is quite…

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