That's not the answer what I meant. I've never heard of 'Empress Sterling ` There are no indications on this site or elsewhere Because I live on the other side of the ocean, you get such stupid questions ;))) So it's American silver, and any idea how old?
Not able to check my references at the moment, but I've only seen this maker a couple of times before and don't recall seeing any design other than this one, which is typical of circa 1920s American flatware patterns. I poked around at some point, but never really found out anything about the company - it may have been a short-lived small manufacturer, wiped out by the Depression, or perhaps a division of a large manufacturer, catering to a particular market. Maybe someone else has more information, but it's almost certainly American...
Fortunately at least it was not such a stupid question. America is a fraction bigger than the Netherlands, it will be the problem. ;)) It’s strange that only sites like "Replacements.Ltd and eBay" were there the only reference point. Thanks for your response, and I’m waiting patiently, so that someone else could possibly give the solution
Two listings for 'Empress' in Rainwater's 4th - Summit Silver Inc., New York, New York, advertised 1965-74 silverplate & New York Stamping Co., Brooklyn, New York, 1915-22 plated silver (Empress Ware).
Thanks for your response and the effort and time you take to investigate. It is tested for silver. I had in my mind that it could be a speudo-hallmark, but that's impossible with the name "Sterling". This should ever have been registered. Thank you again, but the truth will ever probably come.