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A Curious Case of Sacred Treasures with Engraved mint mark M


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So we have two pieces with mixed characteristics.

Practically identical boxes.

M piece have later rosette (as expected) than t piece.

M piece have more rich red "eyes" (as expected) than t piece (the later have more carrot-like enamel shade - as expected).

M piece have later type of hook on the ribbon (as expected) than t piece.

M piece have earlier style of reverse inscription (quite unexpectedly!!!) than t piece.

All others characteristics are practically identical...

And of course not punched, but engraved M ;)

Hopefully this liitle case study clearly shows how difficult is to date sacred treasures only by the shape of cental mirror.

Here comes another 6th class with engraved M mark with exactly the same characteristics.

To consolidate our results ;)

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