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Silver spoon marks

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 8:12 am
by Steve Brett

I bought this spoon for my mum over 30 years ago for a pound. Speak hours polishing it before giving it to her for her birthday.

I recently found it in a box and was wondering if someone could help me out with the marks ?

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Many thanks


Re: Silver spoon marks

Posted: Sun May 21, 2017 7:21 pm
by Essexboy Fisher
Hello Steve, welcome and thank you for some nice interesting marks to start off with. I think you will get quite a few opinions as to the manufacturer of your Mum's spoon.There are no letters to help but the pictorial marks may be traceable. The association of the middle 2 marks do suggest one maker to me. That is Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield a very long established company who are referenced as "Old Sheffield Platers" in 1822 and subsequently as electroplaters in the 1860's. I think your spoon may well be a fairly early spoon and below is a much later mark.

I think the thing to compare is the the top 2 marks as being a later version of your spoons middle marks. There is possibly one other bit of evidence from the "Old Plate" period in that it is recorded that a "battleaxe" was a trade motive for the early concern. "Rodgers" were later "and Sons" and "Ltd".
The last mark I see as a cats face and it was far from rare for early electroplaters to use marks that could be mistaken for true silvermarks. A cats face being found on silver made in London. As a note if you are not familiar with Old Sheffield Plate it was the method of fusing silver on to a base metal before electroplating was discovered.
Well I have given my view but prepare for a few others from some more experienced "forumers".

Re: Silver spoon marks

Posted: Mon May 22, 2017 5:42 am
by Steve Brett
Thanks you for the help - I had no idea it was so old.