Hello, I recently purchased a bag of spoons. They all had similar shapes, but the markings on the backs were different. Four read, "Pure Coin" and had an arm and fist holding a hammer inside a shield. Others read, "Giles Bros & Co." while others read this as well but were accompanied by hallmarks. The spoons with hallmarks also had an overstamp with the initials, "ESH". I am hoping some of you learned people out there can help me out. Thanks a million! http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=11/30909295759.jpg&s=x11 http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=11/30909311393.jpg&s=x11 .
None of these are hallmarked, which has a very specific meaning. They do carry maker's marks typically used by New York State wholesale manufacturers. Giles Bros & Co, a prominent mid-nineteenth century Chicago jewelery firm, was the retailer. .
The term "Hallmark" refer to the Guild halls in England only, the marks on american silver are generally refered to as Markers Marks when the name or initials are used and pseudo-hallmarks or devices when not... .