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Pat Wahlig
iconnumber posted 10-25-1999 09:25 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
.... What do you know of the word "sterling" being backwards/up-side-down on Gorham sterling spoons that have the OLD Gorham hallmark?
Thank you!

Pat Wahlig in St. Louis

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It is surprising how often one can come across flatware where the marks are reversed, backwards or upside down. I have heard all kinds of significance placed on these marks. One of the most frequently seen is the backwards S in the Shiebler "winged S" mark. Repeatedly I have heard people say that this an indication that the item is counterfeit. When I see one of these reversed, backwards or upside down marks I also have had to ask myself what could be the significance? Thus far I have concluded they are only mistakes.

Mistakes and/or changes in the pattern of dye stamps can be an assistance in determining the age of flatware. Thus far I don't know of anyone who has catalogued any single Gorham pattern's dye mistakes.

What pattern is your mark on? Do you have other examples? Like mistakes in coins ..... I suppose if we could document that something with this type of mistake is rare or unique then maybe they could become very collectable.

Forum members do you have other examples? How many? And how often do you see these mistakes?

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