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    42nd ROYAL HIGHLANDERS KNIFE BELONGING TO RSM JAMES RANKEN c1847

    A solid hallmarked silver mess knife belonging to RSM James Ranken 42nd Royal Highlanders, c1847.

    According to the Succession of Sergeant Majors 42nd Highlanders, James Ranken was appointed RSM 22 June 1847.
    He was discharged to pension 10 November, 1853.
    Then Quarter-master Argyll Militia 14 April 1869.
    Beautiful condition with a lovely patina.
    Clear Scottish hallmarks which I am hoping somebody can decipher.

    This item is outside my collecting field and would be happy to exchange for a SBP or similar.
    regards
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    Another great item Scott,
    690 James Rankin, enlisted 2nd May 1831, Corporal Dec 1834; Lance Sgt March 1837; Sgt Sept 1837; Colour Sgt Aug 1840; Sgt Major Aug 1847. On the 13th October at Gosport the Sgts of the 42nd presented him on leaving the Regiment with a silver cup suitably engraved. Discharged at Chatham Nov 1853 pension of 2s 6d a day.
    Afterwards Sgt-Major Argyle and Bute Artillery Militia; appointed Quarter -Master same Corps April 1869.
    Awarded Good Conduct Medal with 15 gratuity 1853.
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    Scott, with regard to the hallmark. The 42nd were based in Malta in 1844. These are the Maltese hallmarks for the silversmith Emidio Criton working from Strada Forni Valleta. The strange hallmark is an F on its side.
    Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmarsden View Post
    Scott, with regard to the hallmark. The 42nd were based in Malta in 1844. These are the Maltese hallmarks for the silversmith Emidio Criton working from Strada Forni Valleta. The strange hallmark is an F on its side.
    Ron.
    The letter F was used to indicate foreign manufacture. I don't know if this is an example

    http://www.925-1000.com/importmarks.html

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    Chalky, I understand the letter F on Maltese silverware stands for French silver =11 1/2 Deniers; R = Roman silver 11 Deniers and M stands for Maltese standard 10 1/2 Deniers.
    Ron.

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