My mother passed away recently, and I have been settling her affairs. She owned several pieces of silverware and plated silver. I have done some research on the Internet on how to identify which is which. In most cases, the sterling silver items are stamped "Sterling" so it is straightforward. However, there is one item which is more interesting since it has several marking stamped on the bottom, as well as an inscription. I have uploaded the following pictures:http://s9.postimg.org/kuq555jdr/Bottom.jpghttp://s9.postimg.org/72bq9ism6/Hallmark.jpghttp://s9.postimg.org/jr60t6yqn/Inscription.jpg(admin photo edit - remember to use the preview button)
The first picture is the item itself. It is some kind of vessel for dining, not sure what it is called
The second picture it the bottom of the item
The third picture is a zoom in of the hallmark
The fourth picture is a zoom in of the inscription. I think it says: Y/NR/ and below it the numbers 2270 7.0
My best guess is that the item was made by Thomas Watson of Newcastle, but I am not sure. Could anyone confirm this? Also, could anyone tell me what the rightmost stamp signifies? Is it a duty stamp or a date stamp?
Does the inscription mean anything? Was it put there by the silversmith when he made the item, or was it added later.
Thank you for you assistance. It had been very interesting doing this research. I certainly have learned a lot about silverware.