F & B Gilt Sterling

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F & B Gilt Sterling

Postby bonsai » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:14 pm

I have a locket from F & B coming that I ordered. It dawned on me after the fact a question.....
It's hallmarked F & B with the flag and "sterling". However it's def gilt gold.
Is it safe to assume it's sterling under the gold, or was the F & B Sterling hallmark standard, something they put regardless, even if it wasn't sterling????????
I'm really hoping it's gilt sterling and not brass or something.

I cant find another gilt product of theirs with this same hallmark, they have the more modern F & B without the flag and no "sterling" after/ underneath.
Thanks in advance :)

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Re: F & B Gilt Sterling

Postby dognose » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:11 am

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Re: F & B Gilt Sterling

Postby bonsai » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:42 am

Thanks here you go
I’ve since found a few gilt silver Victorian lockets different maker but still assayed as silver so maybe it’s common practice

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Re: F & B Gilt Sterling

Postby dognose » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:02 am

Hi,

Thedore W. Foster (Foster & Bailey) were a reputable manufacturer, I see no reason whatsoever to doubt the marking of the piece.

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Thedore W. Foster - Providence, R.I. - 1898

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Re: F & B Gilt Sterling

Postby AG2012 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:03 am

Hi,
F&B in a flag mark was used by both Foster & Bailey and later by Theodore W. Foster & Brothers.
The history of the company:
White & Foster from 1873 to 1878.
In 1878 the name became Foster & Bailey.
From 1898 to around 1951 they were called Theodore W. Foster & Brothers.
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Re: F & B Gilt Sterling

Postby bonsai » Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:19 pm

Thank you all both so very much.
Yes I'm pretty sure I believe it's legit F&B. I wasn't sure if it's considered standard to mark silver gilt as "sterling silver". It's their only gilt locket I can find that's also marked "sterling".

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Re: F & B Gilt Sterling

Postby AG2012 » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:14 pm

considered standard to mark silver gilt as "sterling silver"


Not unusual at all to mark gilt silver as ``sterling``


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