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silver tray - Italy


Italian
silver
tray this is an Italian silver tray made in Milano (Milan, Italy) in 1935/1940.
The tray is hallmarked with "800" (purity degree 800/1000 used in Continental silver), the so called "punzone del fascio" (fasces hallmark - silversmith mark 208 MI) and three other hallmarks (an eagle spreading wings, a rampant lion and a stylized interwined GP monogram followed by a punctuation mark).
Who used GP (associated with punctuation mark) trademark in Milano in 1935? Maybe Gio Ponti (somewhere in Italy 'period' punctuation mark are named 'ponti') ? It's an intriguing question! Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated (email to giorgio)
The tray is 14 1/2 in. wide (cm. 36) and was bought from an Italian dealer at an Antique Fair.

This item is not for sale, but most of my pieces were bought through the Internet. On this page there are some links to silver and antique dealers websites
Italian silver tray rim Italian silver tray
 hallmarks
Italian silver tray:
GP and 'full stop'
stylized hallmarkItalian silver tray:
 fasces hallmarkItalian silver tray: 
lion rampant hallmarkItalian silver tray:  
eagle with spread
wings hallmark

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