Hi, Welcome to the forum, The marks are: Duty mark (Queen Victoria profile) used 1838- 1890. Maker`s mark ``RS`` with pellet, difficult to identify because there is no assay office mark. Britannia standard (95.84% of fine silver) Take a look here http://www.925-1000.com/british_marks.html Regards
I would like to offer a slightly different opinion. I suggest the handles are sterling silver (925) and the worn mark AG2012 thinks to be Britannia, is Hibernia, meaning the knife is Dublin assayed. On investigation, the makers mark looks to be a match for Robert W Smith registered in Dublin with examples of his work seen between 1832 and 1851 which would work in nicely.
Hi, It was strange to me Britannia standard was used in this particular case, but then I thought there should be ``lion passant``. I am really not familiar with Irish silver. Was it normal to omit ``lion passant`` ? Regards
Irish silver didn't use the lion passant. The crowned harp is the Dublin assay mark along with the Hibernia as a duty mark, so they are seen together. I can see what I think is the remnants of another mark to the right of the Hibernia and assume it is the very rubbed crowned harp.