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Scott Martin
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From Gorham advertisement in
pg. lviiia


We have given special attention to these patterns with the specific object of giving additional strength to a spoon which has always, in the light weights, been too weak for actual service. We now offer to the trade a good serviceable spoon in silver of guaranteed sterling quality, for a lower price than has hitherto been asked for the common grades.

These patterns which have become “as familiar as household words” throughout the country, have with the exception of those of our own manufacture, generally been made of coin, and often in very inferior quality, though stamped coin. While our company adheres strictly to one standard, first quality (sterling 925/1000)) and offer reliable guarantee in that respect, we feel warranted in calling the attention of all dealers to the fact that spoons of these patterns, made from stock of very inferior quality are on the market. Some which we have recently assayed, stamped coin, proved to be only 730/1000 fine instead of 900.

Tests by United States Mint assay are so readily obtained, we advise all dealers for their own protection to avail themselves of it.

Orders for our “Tipt” and “Fiddle’’ and other patterns in dozen work will be stamped with customers’ names if preferred to our own.

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