need some help with some Egyptian silver please

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hey all, got this in a jar of jewelry at first i didnt see any markings as there are none on the inside .but i was convinced it was silver just because the way it looked then i noticed tiny squares with symbols inside ..figured it was from Egypt ,did some research and all i can figure out is .800 silver (i think) but not sure what the other marks are? i did my best to take pics but the marks are very small ,any help would be appreciated thanks
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Great pickup; I concur about the .800 silver--your fourth picture seems to show that mark. The squiggle above the inverted V is the city mark and it might be Cairo?
They really got carried away with their punch set--there seems to be at least one mark per panel and a couple of marks on at least one. Maybe they made these panels for multiple types of pieces and wanted to make sure each panel was marked?
 

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Looks silver to me and with the marks that should confirm it. I wonder if its a genuine deco era Egyptian revival piece? Looks somewhat to be a fair amount of silver.
 

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anyone know the year?
I don't know if that mark give a date factor, I'm guessing the early 1940s. Picked up by an American GI in North Africa to send home to his mother, sister or darling back home. Tunisia was a major center of silver jewelry and souvenirs during those times and appears there still is and you can by it through websites today.
 

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anyone know the year?

Nice bracelet. It does appear to be "Cairo" assay office and is .800 fine silver. Note that the silver fineness is expressed as three Arabic digits (in thousandths) rather than two (in hundredths). Egypt changed to that three-digit format sometime after 1975 (or thereabouts), so this is a relatively modern piece, The other mark will be the date letter in Arabic, but I can't immediately put my hands on charts for that period.
 

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