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iconnumber posted 06-27-2006 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for silvamite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many of the original Whiting Lily pieces have a funy mark somewhat resembling an "O." I was hoping someone may actually know what this is. It is always located between the Whiting hallmark to the left & the word sterling to the right. It is only seen on real 1902 Lily that is so marked pat. & r.d. 1902 Any info. is appreciated. Thanks!

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iconnumber posted 06-28-2006 01:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tad Hale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe you are referring to a weight mark, it seems to me that some companies sold flat silver marked this way.

For example you could buy 12 teaspoons in a pattern for 6.00 a dozen and the same spoons in a heavier weight for 7.00 a dozen and another 12 spoons at 8.00 per dozen etc.

There were several letters that they used and I am trying to do this from memory but I believe the letters stood for the following.

T-Trade Weight
R-Regular Weight
H-Heavy Weight
M-Massive Weight
E-Extra Weight
O-Over Weight???

I don't think Whiting used date letters back in 1902 when this pattern began.


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iconnumber posted 06-28-2006 03:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SusanT     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
>...have a funy mark somewhat resembling an "O."<

orrrr it could be one of the date marks they used??

Whiting Date Codes

--- Susan

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iconnumber posted 06-28-2006 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
silvamite writes:
Thank you to those who responded previously. I am not sure how to respond if I can. This funny "O" mark on Whiting Lily 1902 flatware pieces is not a weight mark or year mark. It is similar to an omega sign. I have looked in just about every corner of google as well as the library with no success. I managed to speak with the individual who archived the records for Gorham at Brown University. His belief is that it may be the mark for Charles Osborne who designed Lily and other patterns for Whiting as well as Tiffany back before the Gorham purchased Whiting in 1905, however there is nothing clear to confirm this. Most of Whitings records are lost. Again, thanks for previous responses. William.

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