Hi there! I have been gradually growing my Shiebler flatware collection over the last few years and have come across some pieces of Flora where the Sterling stamp reads "Sterlng" (the letter I seems to be missing on the strike.) On some of them, the S inside the wings is even backwards, sometimes the S with wings appears correct and only the missing I seems odd.
Has anyone seen this before and do you think that is cause for authenticity concern? The quality on the pieces seems to be there when it comes to integrity of the pattern, and some of them are even monogrammed and have retailers stamps like Mermod, etc.
I have also read that making flatware dies is expensive to do and so I have a hard time thinking they would be fake as usually you can spot knock off quality. Also, I have found this on pieces that are fairly rare in form, a serving fork and some reticulated flora demitasse spoons, which I know were made because the Silver magazine mentions the cutout handled spoons in their article. I would think if they were fakes, there would be more of them on the market?
Any thoughts? Thanks for any feedback! As I grow my collection (Shiebler and Durgin are our favorite makers at the moment), I want to make sure I don't make any mistakes.