I have been researching a Sterling Souvenir spoon from my Mother-In-Law's collection and I finally found a hallmark that is almost identical posted on another website. (I don't know if I am allowed to say where I found it, so I won't. If someone wants to ask me, I can e-mail the information.) The only difference between the hallmark they list and my hallmark is the position of the E. In their drawing, the E is below the X and in mine it is above the X - in both cases the E is between the two instruments. In any case, if they are accurate, you may want to add it to this site. You may use my picture(s) if you like.
They say that the hallmark is for E. J. Towle Mfg. Co. then in parenthesis it states: (successor to Mayer 1945). So this tells me that the age of the hallmark would be no older than 1945. The E. J. Towle Mfg. Co. doesn't appear to be in business today. Does anyone know when they when out of business? or a new owner/company name and when?
I found a sortave obscure reference to a company called West Earth Inc as "presumably
" the new company name in 1985. I can find no other reference whatsoever to West Earth Inc.
Does anyone know how long this hallmark was used?
I am including a picture of the hallmark and the spoon itself, front and back. I am also including a sketch that I made of the imprint. As you can see there is a pick and a shovel crossing each other like an X and then the letters: J T and E in the spaces between the crossed handles.
(This is a commemorative spoon that says Alaska 49th State ...1959. I am researching to determine if it was produced in 1959 or later.)