Identify makers mark - 4 leaf clover?

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MiloRichards
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Identify makers mark - 4 leaf clover?

Postby MiloRichards » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:52 am

Hi

I have a fairly small (15cm diam) handled dish with this mark. I can't find anything on this database, can anyone help?

It appears to be a 4 leaf clover with letters SFMO clockwise from top.

Many thanks for any clues

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Re: Identify makers mark - 4 leaf clover?

Postby Traintime » Sat Mar 09, 2019 5:03 am

In a case like this it might be best to show the whole object as details can help point toward origins and eras. Now, your F could be a partially marked P, and the O could similarly be a C. Personally, I would start the clockwise count from the first leaf, thus giving M.S.P.C., which might read as the M. Silver Plate Company. Oddly enough, Rainwater lists a name that might fit, but this here would not be a mark shown for them. The clover was used by some other makers to boot so it was kind of an up-for-grabs symbol. Again, more photos might reveal something.

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Re: Identify makers mark - 4 leaf clover?

Postby Traintime » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:06 pm

Strangely, yesterday I came across an old plated serving spoon having a beaded-edge handle with a floral (roses?) decor near the tip. The only mark was a poorly stamped clover like the example here, but without any letters...the stem curves as above so we can rule out some other known clover marks with straight stems.


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