Elaborate SP Hollow-ware Hallmark Search

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tastevin
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Elaborate SP Hollow-ware Hallmark Search

Postby tastevin » Sat May 04, 2019 8:49 pm

Hi all,

I came accross these very fancy hollow ware/flatware knives and forks. Engraved blades and tines, very ornate. Handles are light and feel hollow. I believe they are British but am not sure.

The first hallmark looks like a lower case "r" or a hatchet. Then HBS and a Crown with EP below, which I believe was not allowed in Britian after 1885.


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As always, much gratitude for your expertise!

tastevin
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Re: Elaborate SP Hollow-ware Hallmark Search

Postby tastevin » Sat May 04, 2019 9:01 pm

I should add I believe they are "Fish Knives".

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Re: Elaborate SP Hollow-ware Hallmark Search

Postby silvermakersmarks » Sun May 05, 2019 1:56 am

The manufacturer's mark is actually THB - Thomas Henry Blake - and S for Sheffield. Blake was active 1887 until 1911. I believe that the crown on plated wares was outlawed a little later than you quote, during the 1890s, so that dates your fish knives and forks to c1890.

Phil


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