English marks? Any help with this spoon?

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Sparta5
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English marks? Any help with this spoon?

Postby Sparta5 » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:04 pm

Found a spoon today and it looks quite old. The marks look like English with the lion but the other mark looks like a Thistle? I thought the Thistle was Scottish? It doesn't make any since to me... and no date letter? What is going on here?
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Re: English marks? Any help with this spoon?

Postby dognose » Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:44 am

Hi,

It's Canadian, George Savage of Montreal.

Trev.

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Re: English marks? Any help with this spoon?

Postby Sparta5 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:56 am

Many thanks, I appreciate the help! I would've never guessed Canadian. Any reason why he would use pseudo British marks along with a Scottish mark?

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Re: English marks? Any help with this spoon?

Postby dognose » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:14 am

Such marks would likely be familiar to his ex-pat English and Scottish customers as marks indicating silver of certain quality. One can not over-estimate the use of signage at this period of time with illiteracy effecting a high percentage of the population.

Trev.

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Re: English marks? Any help with this spoon?

Postby Sparta5 » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:48 am

Very interesting. Glad to add this piece to the collection. Thanks!


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