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cannon50

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iconnumber posted 03-09-2005 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cannon50     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

My wife recently got another Phoebe pattern spoon. It does not make a ringing sound like all of our other sterling pieces when I tap it.

It is a small bonbon server. Should I be concerned or could the shape or possibility that it may be cast rather than stamped have a bearing on whether or not it rings when tapped?

Thanks.

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Hutch

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iconnumber posted 03-09-2005 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hutch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

I believe, ( I could be wrong ) that all sterling is stamped just that. Now silver does have a nice ring to it, i.e,. the coins I remember when I was a kid. But I don't think it is a good way to judge whether something is the real deal.

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tonycooper

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iconnumber posted 03-09-2005 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tonycooper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Phoebe" is a pattern of stainless steel flatware made by Amcrest (Japan). I do see a reference to a "Phoebe" pattern by Watson, but it's not listed in the reference books I have.

Who is the maker of your silverware?

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cannon50

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iconnumber posted 03-09-2005 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cannon50     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for replies. I should have said that the maker is Watson. There is an H inside of pennant on back. The pattern is a depiction of if believe the greek goddess bathing in a stream and is a rare one not found in most books.

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Kimo

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iconnumber posted 03-10-2005 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did you mean to type "There is an H inside of pennant on back"? The Watson pennant mark has a W in it.

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tonycooper

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iconnumber posted 03-10-2005 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tonycooper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers shows a Watson mark with a "H" inside a pennant. There are six different marks shown as used by Watson including the more familiar "W" inside a pennant.

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Patrick Vyvyan

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iconnumber posted 03-10-2005 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although not the answer to your specific question, there is a profile of Watson's Pheobe at Watson Phoebe and Bacchante

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tonycooper

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iconnumber posted 03-11-2005 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tonycooper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Adding to the "H" in the pennant mark for Watson, this mark was originally used by Mechanics Sterling Company of Attleboro MA.
They were acquired by Watson-Newell who became Watson who became Wallace who was purchased by the Hamilton Watch Co.

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