Help to identify "Shef" markings please

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sansky
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Help to identify "Shef" markings please

Postby sansky » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:18 pm

This marking is on the bottom of a very old pepper/salt shaker. The "Shef" I believe references Sheffield, but I am not sure. I can't find this particular "lion" or "crown". Any help appreciated.
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Re: Help to identify "Shef" markings please

Postby dognose » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:47 pm

Hi,

We had a tea/coffee set with this mark on the forum a few years ago. The item is plated, probably American.

I see no reason to connect this item with the city of Sheffield. The word 'SHEF' is probably no more than an implication to the method of early plating known as Old Sheffield Plate, something that was a popular marketing ploy by US silverware companies but has absolutely no connection with that method of manufacture.

Trev.

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Re: Help to identify "Shef" markings please

Postby sansky » Sat Jun 25, 2016 2:17 pm

Thank you so much! That answered my question whether this was silver or silver-plate!


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