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iconnumber posted 01-19-2002 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cyn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would appreciate any information you might have on the mark from a sterling silver plate. Thank you (please click on underlined text, this UBB code is driving me nuts).

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iconnumber posted 01-19-2002 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The mark is for the Frank M. Whiting Company (not to be confused with the Whiting Manufacturing Company). The company was founded in 1878 in North Attleboro MA. The mark was adopted in 1896 and used until the 1960s.

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iconnumber posted 01-19-2002 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I suspect that this mark was actually in use several years before 1896. I have and have sold some Aesthetic style pieces by F. Whiting with this mark, and I would be very surprised if they were all made after 1896. They seem more like the 1880s to me. I think the company probably used both the mark shown here and their griffin trademark during the 1880s and part of the '90s, and then when Whiting Mfg. Co. sued them, they just stopped using the griffin and continued using the other one.

In the picture below, both the pill box & the cuff links have the mark shown.

Without actually seeing what your whole piece looks like, it would be hard to date, although it does look 20th century from what I can see in your picture.

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iconnumber posted 01-19-2002 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cyn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
cool Thank you wev and Paul. I did not expect such well presented information so quickly. Enjoy your weekend, Cynthia

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