"You need to show a picture of the back because that is always extememly important in determining age. The white is polish that has dried. Based on the images you've shown and the quality of the images I don't think this is particularly old…"
"From the far off picture I was sure it was silver plated with plating coming off, but the closeup certainly looks like the Italian mark for 800 silver. What is all that stuff that looks like it is flaking off? Is it possible this was gold plated at…"
"A lot of micromosaic was made in Italy so that would be my default guess. You didn't show the back, but that style of mosaic doesn't generally look Victorian to me but later in the 20th century, possibly mid-century? Hopefully the back…"
"You didn't give closups, but the base looks a lot darker so its either different wood, or wasn't as well stripped. Different wood in the same chair usually meant there was paint involved; also a lot of Scandinavian pine was painted…"
"The best part of your story is that your great grand mother stated quite firmly that this whiskey bottle was sold with vinegar, and only ever held vinegar. She would have been fun to meet for a drink or two..."
"Once again, just because a piece of pottery is based on an earlier style, doesn't mean that it is a vintage piece of Tarahumara. You've identified the STYLE of the piece, not where it was from (color, modeling, decoration are all similar…"
I hear ya about figuring all this stuff out :) I sent you a friend request and think we need to be friends LoL so I can send you a message :) I would love to chat with you about this plate and what I'm learning :) All the best!
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