Thanks for the recent replies (a nice surprise). Is calling someone a dealer the same as calling them a retailer? I posted this because besides being a name I couldn't find anywhere, I was impressed by the quality of the hand decoration - especially on a mere spoon (and one late enough to be stamped Sterling). I'm still curious, therefore, who could have made and decorated it, but I guess that will remain a mystery. Or did retailers sometimes have staff to decorate blanks from silvermakers?