Coin Silver Spoon Makers Marks-Giles, Arm and Hammer???

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kelmel
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Coin Silver Spoon Makers Marks-Giles, Arm and Hammer???

Postby kelmel » Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:40 am

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!
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Postby wev » Sun Nov 06, 2005 2:24 pm

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.
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Postby kelmel » Sun Nov 06, 2005 5:39 pm

Thank you very much for the information!
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Postby admin » Mon Nov 07, 2005 11:50 am

McGrew identifies that particular variation of the Arm & Hammer mark as an unidentified Chicago maker c.1850-70.
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Postby kelmel » Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:01 pm

Hi Again Wev,

Just a question if you do not mind. I thought that the symbols on the Giles Bros spoon-a face in profile, the letters SMJ and the rearing lion-were hallmarks?
Thank you.
Mitch
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Postby Smaug » Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:57 pm

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...
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Re: Coin Silver Spoon Makers Marks-Giles, Arm and Hammer???

Postby dognose » Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:49 am

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Giles, Brother & Co. - Chicago - 1867

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