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Tom in IL

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iconnumber posted 12-23-1999 11:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom in IL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

This is another spoon I found metal detecting at an old house site. This site is in a farm field and the spoon was badly bent up from being hit with farming equipment. I was able to straighten it the best I could to show its original shape. The engraving on front appears to be initials A F P . I'm not too sure of the F though. It is hard for me to decern that type of script. On back of stem by base of bowl are 3 marks followed by PAT71 (I think). Then the words MERMOD JACCARD CO. and STERLING. Any insight into these marks and names would be helpful. I also found this "butter" knife blade in the same field but at another house site which would have been a neighbor to the first one. The markings on back of stem are similar to those of the spoon except in a little different order. Any help on these items would be appreciated. Tom

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iconnumber posted 12-24-1999 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Your spoon has the makers mark "Lion Anchor G" which indicatesthat it was made by Gorham. The pattern is called Corinthian (SIN:S0162) and was introduced in 1871 (others say 1870 or 1872). Mermod & Jaccard Jewelry & Co., Saint Louis, MO. was the retailer.

I have seen other Corinthian knife blades with the same design so it is likely the original owners had a set.

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