These Teaspoon Hallmarks Have Me Stumped

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Randall Berger
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These Teaspoon Hallmarks Have Me Stumped

Postby Randall Berger » Fri Jul 01, 2005 1:12 am

I thought after 30 years ... and with my trusty copy off Wyler ... that I wouldn't fail to identify any pieces. I have a set of six very small Old English teaspoons that I just can't place.

There are only three hallmarks and a maker's mark ... JB ... The soverign's head looks like George, but that lower case "a" doesn't seem to fit any years. Without a city mark, I just can't be sure. The monogram is quite clear, but somewhat naieve ... a cursive "Y" ...

Here is a pic:

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I hope you might be able to help.

Cheers,

Randall Berger
Melbourne, Australia
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webster
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Postby webster » Wed Jul 06, 2005 2:45 pm

This the maker's mark of James Barber and the assay marks for York (U.K.) 1812-14; the use of the JB maker's mark narrows this down to 1814.
-see 'The Assay Office and Silversmiths of York' by Martin Gubbins, 1983.
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