Unusual Hallmark on Donated little silver cased glass dish, Asterisk and Cross

Discussion in 'Silver' started by Martin RSPCA, Sep 26, 2017.

  1. Martin RSPCA

    Martin RSPCA Member


    I've never seen this hallmark before, its very work and very hard to make out but it looks like a tine Maltese cross above an asterisk, the other marks a far to worn to get an accurate description,

    If anyone has any advice on what the item is or when it was made I would be very grateful

    Many Thanks


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  2. rhiwfield

    rhiwfield Well-Known Member

    Martin, first thought was that this might be a silver plate mark, but other people may know better.

    Edit: Joseph Rodgers & Sons maker

    Object looks like a salt with a blue glass liner
  3. Martin RSPCA

    Martin RSPCA Member

    Thank you very much for the info and such a fast reply :)
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  4. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Good find, rhiwfield!
  5. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    The shape looks like an eye wash cup,what are the measurements?
  6. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    I agree, looks like an eyebath.
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  7. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    I concur with Holly and Davey. Indeed an eye cup.
  8. rhiwfield

    rhiwfield Well-Known Member

    Eye cup was my first thought but I am.not sure it is. Plenty of blue glass eye cups, but onein a silver outer seems odd
  9. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    They did make silver eye baths/cups maybe these are just two that have been married.
  10. rhiwfield

    rhiwfield Well-Known Member

    You may be right, I am just unsure.
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  11. Martin RSPCA

    Martin RSPCA Member

    Hi, many thanks for everyone's response, I have to say I really hadn't thought of an eye bath but it seems the perfect size, it is 5cm x 3cm and 3.5cm tall which is pretty much the measurements of a modern eye cup/bath.
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  12. Shangas

    Shangas Underage Antiques Collector and Historian

    I've heard of eye-baths, but I've never seen one that was that shape before! It's very cute!

    And yes, the hallmark is definitely Joseph Rodgers & Sons. I've got knives from that company the the same mark on them.
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  13. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I agree that it's a salt.
  14. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Salt dip.

    Think about it.

    Too bothersome to take the liner out of the silver holder to put stuff in prior to using it. If people are like me, they put the wash in then realize the liner is still sitting in the silver liner. How to get the blue liner, now full of wash out without spilling.
    So (and I would be dumb enough to do this), you tip the liner,(in the silver holder) over your eye. Pulling it away the silver comes off leaving the liner on your eye with the wash now flowing down your face, the the liner then falling down your front and spilling the rest of the wash on you.
    Just not practical.

    A salt dip.
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