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bugucci

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iconnumber posted 11-02-2005 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bugucci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently acquired a sterling silver hand held mirror. I have determined the mark to be Watson. After the mark there are 2 stars and the numbers 7702/9. Does anyone know what these numbers mean. I am looking for an age on the mirror. Any help? Thanks.

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iconnumber posted 11-03-2005 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for outwest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Although I am not an expert, the one thing I have learned is that dating is closely related to seeing the actual item along with the marks. Very few firms date marked their items and it can be a puzzle. Sometimes the stamps changed shape or style depending on the year.The type of silver is important in dating as well as where it came from in the world and whether it is stamped 'sterling' or not. The one generality I have learned is that the more information on a piece the younger it is. I believe the English were about the only ones to be finicky about marks before about 1900 or so. And, of course, the design of the piece tell a lot, too. I think stars can sometimes denote the number of times something was plated. A three star plate would be a good plate, but you said it was sterling. Firms also used to number mark their patterns or have an internal tracking number stamped by the worker to make sure he was paid for the work he did.

And that's almost the limit of my scanty knowledge. smile I know others here are much more knowledgeable than I.

Can you post pictures?

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