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iconnumber posted 01-14-2001 10:08 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would you please tell me exactly what XXS means on the back of antique sterling flatware by the touchmarks?

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iconnumber posted 01-15-2001 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm afraid we will need a little more information. Each manufacturer used different number or letter codes on their silver, usually to denote a pattern or the weight. Please list all of the marks on the silver in question, and we will try to help you out. Thanks!


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iconnumber posted 01-15-2001 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your question actually generates more questions .... a picture is worth a thousand words.

It would be helpful to know exactly what the XXS mark is on? For example: Is it pattern flatware and what does the pattern look like? You see if we could recognize the pattern then we might know the maker. Knowing the maker we might have some understanding of how they may have used XXS.

"by the touch marks" People tend to confuse the terms touch marks, maker's mark, hallmarks, retailer's marks, assayer's marks, standard's marks, etc. Seeing a photo of what you are calling touch marks or in the least a very detailed description of the marks would be helpful.

Now for my guess.....

XXS is sometimes used to indicate the item has been silver plated (XX = double plate).

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