Argentium is a recent recpe for non tarnishing silver. The question was "Old Silver Box..." So Argentium is not a relevant answer.
Argentium silver is also .935
I have a question and I am just curious,,, not being a smart **bleep**.
Just how did you come upon this thread? What exactly led you or what path did you take to arrive upon a thread that is this old? Last post was 1.5yrs ago.
I realize this is an old thread, but whenever people do a search, this pops up.. and most of the answers failed to address the actual question. Yes, it's 93.5% silver... but that does tell us something about its possible origin. Different countries at different times have had standards for the "fineness" of silver, and the older the piece, the more likely it is to be some oddball (anything but 92.5%) purity. Austria, Germany, and Switzerland have used .935 as a standard. A listing of various purity standards and the locations that used them can be found [here]. Some pieces will have hallmarks on them that will give away their origin (and purity standard). A good resource for that can be found [here]
It means the it is higher quality silver than 925 IE: 925 means you have 925 out of a 1000 parts pure silver
the rest is alloy if you have 950 that is higher still
935 means you have 935 out of the 1000 parts pure silver
if you had a 1000 parts which is pure silver it would be too soft to work into an item.
So your box has a higher silver content than sterling
A bit late but,,,, i have the same box except the colours of the enamel on mine are red and light blue, were yours are light blue and red. The dark blue is the same/// I understand the 935 is the silver percentage content for Germany or Switzerland. Do you still have it ?
I'd have said Austrian from that enamel work, but Swiss is possible. Vienna picked up a lot of Turkish and other influences from the East, so that design would make sense for them. There's probably no way to be entirely sure.
Following a tad more research, I found an old watch case that was stamped with 935 and sported two rampant bears as hallmarks. Seems like the Swiss used this as an indicator of the fineness of silver. That sort of rings true with the floral design.
In the making of enamel work married to sterling silver, it is sometimes necessary to up the ratio of silver to copper from 925 to 935. In UK Assay Offices this will be tested and marked down to 925 as there is no stamp for 935.
Being that the sterling 925 article has been cast before the decorative enamel application, it is a quirk of the process that the enamelling oven temperature must be set to melt the glass and not remelt the silver...somehow a 935 alloy provides for more success.
So that eliminates it being made in the UK. The design is generic and could be from anywhere in Europe...but does seem to have a Moorish influence.
Yes it qualifies as sterlin. I saw a crusader cross today marked 935 made in Jerusalem. They use anywhere from 900 to 950 on these.
Thanks you guys. Now I know that the number is the silver content, not location necessarily. Now, does this qualify as sterling silver, because of the fact that it's higher grade?
The 935 mark is most likely the silver content, 935 parts pure silver out of a thousand, a little better than sterling.
I don't know the origin of your box, but quite often in Mexico, for example, there were numerous quality makers who used silver content that was better than 925, sometimes as high as 980 in their items.
If not stones then enamel done to simulate stones. A lot of enamel work is done in China so why not?
Thank you lenorep for your answers. I'm nearly positive that they are not stones at all, but merely enamel, so I think Asia is not where it is from.
From the photo the stones look like real turquoise, lapis and coral. If so it might e Chinese. I do not think it would be Austrian with those stones if real.
Since 925 is sterling, maybe it is a bit better. I have had 950 silver items.