Could these picture backs be Newcastle

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Could these picture backs be Newcastle

Postby rat-tail » Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:48 pm

Hi All

a set of four picture back teaspoons stamped only with HB and a lion passant. I started with London and found only Henry Bates 1738 and Henry Brind 1743 - none of which had a pellet, and both perhaps a shade early. Henry Bayley 1750 has a crown above. I even wondered if it was not an early mark of Hester Bateman (kidding). The only mark that looked a reasonable match is that of Hugh Beckinridge of Newcastle. I do not know whether picture backs were even made in Newcastle. The picture looks like a very worn vase of flowers. The lions passant unfortunately are very squashed. None of the four shows the bottom of the shield. I have photographed the best two which looks like the lions passant may have been in a rectangular shield.
Many thanks Frank

PS apologies, the pics were taken at night. I can try in natural light if it might help.

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Re: Could these picture backs be Newcastle

Postby silvermakersmarks » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:34 am

These are almost certainly London, although with only the maker's mark and the lion passant it is impossible to be 100% certain. I note that the spoons are Hanoverian pattern which implies a likely date earlier than, say, 1780. Grimwade illustrates one HB with pellet between and within the expected date range - Henry Bickerton, whose mark as a smallworker was entered 26 August 1762.

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Re: Could these picture backs be Newcastle

Postby rat-tail » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:37 pm

Hi Phil
Many thanks - much appreciated.


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