Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.I have been an antiques and art collector as well as a dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.I will be pleased to help you. Please know I do not send pop-ups.
Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment.
Can you send me a photo of the marks?
I also need a photo of the figurine.
How tall is it?
You may need to use the macro function (flower icon) of your camera to get a good clear photo of the marks.
If you cannot get a good photo, then sketch the marks and take a photo of the sketch.
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Thank you for the information and photos. These really help.
Please allow me time to research the data required by your question, calculate current values and write my answer.
I want you to have a well-researched answer.
I thank you in advance for your patience.
I researched this silversmith (or possibly jeweller) for quite some time. I have over 100 books on English silver but none contain a clue to the maker here.
Unfortunately, I will need to opt-out of your question. This will open it up to all the other antiques and appraisal specialists. In the meantime, I will continue looking for the answer. You have my curiosity up.
At your convenience, please send more clear, in-focus close-ups of the just the maker mark on the hallmarks on this.
I am not able to see the mark clearly in the images. In the meantime, I will opt-out and open your question again to all the experts.
I do hope you find the information that you seek.
I do hope you find the information that you seek. ~Nora
My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help with your mystery sculpture.
I sympathize with you not being able to find this mark, it's a tough one. You're right, it's too recent to be in any books on antique or even vintage silver, also there is such a small body of work by this maker that it may well never become anything other than a line item in any future reference.
This J.I.Co mark in a trefoil punch was registered at the Birmingham, UK, assay office in the early 1980s.
Interestingly, your particular piece was assayed in London (because it has the leopard's head punch for the London Assay Office). This can happen for a number of reasons, usually if the maker is 'entered' (registered) with both offices, or sometimes because it may be geographically easier for the maker to get his/her items to one office rather than another.
It also has all the other proper marks, the lion passant, the English royal guarantee of .925 silver fineness and the date letter (as you correctly looked up) for 1984.
To obtain all the information on this mark, simply email the Birmingham Assay Office at:
and ask to contact a wonderfully helpful lady named Phyllis Benedikz who is the librarian/curator. Or contact her direct at:
She usually asks for the following information (which you already have):
If she says it's "not a Birmingham mark" show her this photo of a silver Arab dhow by the same maker, J.I.Co. It was hallmarked "JI Co, Birmingham, 1987", mounted on a wood plinth, 17cm long, that sold at auction last year in the UK for £75.00 (about $100 at the time).
I do hope this helps!
Please let me know if you'd like to explain or expand on any of the above, I would be glad to.
Sure, I understand. The only archive that would have a record of this maker's name is ***** ***** Assay office and the contact details I gave you (above). I've found them extremely helpful in the past.