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    Wedding Ring Marks

    Hey guys, looking for any info on the maker's mark and time stamp. Sorry it's a little blurry. Thanks for the help!
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    From googling a jewelry site "Swedish hallmarks. The three crowns indicate the purity of the metal, the 14 is for 14 kt gold, the letter is the date hallmark of the manufacture of the ring."

    Later in the thread it was reveled the ring was determined to be gold filled.

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    Hope this helps
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    This is not a Swedish gold hallmark, but is often misidentified as such (my opinion). The Swedish three crowns mark should be in a trefoil cartouche, such that it resembles a cat's paw (and is colloquially nicknamed as such).

    I'm pretty sure the ring is by Ostby & Barton (founded 1879 in Providence, Rhode Island). Ostby chose the three crowns trademark in memory of his Scandinavian heritage (he was Norwegian, but Sweden and Norway were a personal union of two kingdoms until peaceful separation in 1905). Ostby went down with the Titanic in 1912 but the company continued production until the 1950s. The later pieces have the initials 'OB' in a cartouche alongside the crowns but it seems that the earlier pieces often did not. That may not be a hard and fast rule. I would also be pretty sure that this is not solid gold, but gold fill with a 14K shell (and likely before the US Silver & Gold Stamping Act of 1906).

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    Yeah, it's definitely gold filled. The person who wore this wore off all the gold on the outside of the ring, but the gold on the inside is still relatively intact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red-Coat View Post
    This is not a Swedish gold hallmark, but is often misidentified as such (my opinion). The Swedish three crowns mark should be in a trefoil cartouche, such that it resembles a cat's paw (and is colloquially nicknamed as such).

    I'm pretty sure the ring is by Ostby & Barton (founded 1879 in Providence, Rhode Island). Ostby chose the three crowns trademark in memory of his Scandinavian heritage (he was Norwegian, but Sweden and Norway were a personal union of two kingdoms until peaceful separation in 1905). Ostby went down with the Titanic in 1912 but the company continued production until the 1950s. The later pieces have the initials 'OB' in a cartouche alongside the crowns but it seems that the earlier pieces often did not. That may not be a hard and fast rule. I would also be pretty sure that this is not solid gold, but gold fill with a 14K shell (and likely before the US Silver & Gold Stamping Act of 1906).
    If it was Ostby Barton, what's the year per timestamp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by payload77 View Post
    If it was Ostby Barton, what's the year per timestamp?
    I can't read what there might be within that final diamond-shaped lozenge. Can you? Or provide a better picture? Nevertheless it won't be a date mark. O&B didn't use them on gold fill rings. A number of these rings have turned up with the letter 'F' in the lozenge, with a suggestion that this perhaps just stands for 'Filled'. My personal feeling, as I already said, is that the absence of any 'OB' initials puts it in the early part of their history and that the potentially misleading nature of the '14' mark on a plated item likely puts it before the tightening up of gold marking from the Act of 1906. So, my guess would be sometime between 1879-1906

 

 

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