Jun 29, 2012, 02:45 PM
Vintage drinking horn. Soviet Silver?
Hello all! Found this at yard sale today for $3. I like it! About 9 inches long. It has 2 marks on it that are very very small. With a powerful loupe, you can make out ? and a 4KXK. My research says soviet silver of some kind. It does not test to be .925. Possibly .800? Anybody out there know of this. The other mark is just something I can't make out for certain. Just a blob with a couple circles under it. I tried blowing a pic up a couple times, but just can't get enough detail. Thanks.
Jun 29, 2012 02:45 PM
Jun 29, 2012, 03:29 PM
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Jun 29, 2012, 08:13 PM
Many thanks diggum! That looks Spot On! My silver buyer tested it for me and said not sterling then turned around and said I'll buy it from you because its interesting. I had stopped by on my way in from hunting treasure all day and had not been home yet to research. Told him I had to pass until I knew more about it. Glad I did. Found couple other pieces like it on Ebay, but not that one. Now I know where I stand. Thanks again.
Jun 29, 2012, 09:02 PM
Good buy, frankendime and a really neat piece!!
(And good identifying too, diggummup!!)
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Jul 01, 2012, 07:25 AM
I believe that Russian silver is 80% but I don't know how they mark it.
Jul 01, 2012, 11:36 PM
A lot of Soviet things actually have their price stamped into the metal. Usually it looks something like 1P40K (one ruble and forty kopeks). Russian silver is marked by zolotnik (sometimes called kokoshnik), which is like karat for gold but 96 is pure instead of 24. 84 zolotnik silver, for example, is 84/96 or 0.875 silver. More info here.