Hello all! I am new to this forum, so please be patient with me!
William Blair was my Second-Great Grandfather. He immigrated to the US from Scotland and worked for Arthur Stone for a short (but productive) time. I am interested in learning any and everything there is to know about William Blair, but to start with I am trying to better understand his Benchmen's Mark while working under Stone. I have spent years looking to buy a piece of his work, and yesterday found a plate that may actually have been made by him. However, I've never seen his Benchmark on silver and only know (from this site) that it is *B*. The plate I found had two distinct dots on either side of the B, but they do not look like asterisks and are not symmetrical. I know Willliam Blair specialized in Holloware, and am told that would have included silver plates. I know that I cannot link to the Etsy listing of the plate, and I also believe I am not allowed to share the picture of the marks, as it is still currently for sale.
Could anyone help me understand how literal the asterisks would appear? Or could you point me in the direction of anyone who might know more?
Also, any further information on William Blair would be so appreciated! I have his Metalsmithing tools (as well as his top hat from when he abandoned silversmithing to join a vaudeville act!) and hope to share them with future generations.
Thank you so much for your help!