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Old 07-27-2020, 02:28 PM   #1
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I am currently looking at a set of GHB that are full silver. They are made by a very respectable maker who has a very recognizable name and has been making pipes for probably over 50 years. They are being sold through a very respectable supplier here in the US. My concern is that to the best of my knowledge the silver is NOT hallmarked in any way. I guess my question would be, is ALL silver ALWAYS hallmarked without regard to the country it is produced in?
I want to be careful and in no way question the maker or supplier at this time, it may be simply be my lack of knowledge on the use of silver. The pipes are approx. 15 years old and by the way look and play beautifully. Any thoughts? and thanks in advance. Tom W.
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Old 07-27-2020, 03:24 PM   #2
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Short answer - no, there was no requirement that silver be hallmarked[1], and you do see silver sets from time to time without. Anything made since 1973 *should* have been hallmarked by law, but I presume you can't prove a date of manufacture of the metalwork.



This is assuming they were made in the UK.


[1] It's more complex than this but pre-1973 silver law is proper spaghetti legislation.
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Old 07-27-2020, 04:20 PM   #3
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If the pipes are made in North America, there is no requirement that silver is hallmarked.
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Old 07-27-2020, 06:47 PM   #4
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When I ordered from an American maker a set of half silver pipes in 2005 I had to specify that each piece be hallmarked. It was done by laser and the marks are very small.
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Old 07-27-2020, 07:04 PM   #5
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...Im happy the D&N FS RGH 75 pipes Ill be letting go are fully
marked with the unique RGH x x x mark,...
rather than the usual D&N x x x mark. (not to diminish same from any perspective)
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Old 07-27-2020, 08:55 PM   #6
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Tom1136,

Odds are... acquire them... with peace of mind... and
play them... with gratitude... and happiness... :)

If you like them... and they sing... what else is there?

Regards... and... All the Best!!,

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Old 07-28-2020, 12:33 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I knew the answer would be here. I now own a beautiful set of full silver Gibson's. Couldn't be happier with them. tom.
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Old 07-28-2020, 02:06 PM   #8
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I used to play a very old silver & ivory set of Glens. The silver was plain and without hallmarks.

A Scottish pipemaker took one look and said "those are old Army pipes, the silver was added in India."

And indeed you could see that the pipes had started life as a full-ivory set.

The pipemaker said that soldiers stationed in India would take their pipes to a local silversmith and have silver added.

Who can say what the actual silver content was!
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Old 07-28-2020, 05:00 PM   #9
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I used to play a very old silver & ivory set of Glens. The silver was plain and without hallmarks.

A Scottish pipemaker took one look and said "those are old Army pipes, the silver was added in India."

And indeed you could see that the pipes had started life as a full-ivory set.

The pipemaker said that soldiers stationed in India would take their pipes to a local silversmith and have silver added.

Who can say what the actual silver content was!
Very cool.
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