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iconnumber posted 11-05-2004 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for neilinda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Because I have internet access, a friend recently asked for my help in learning more about some old sterling silver serving pieces he had. These pieces where 'given' (on loan) to him by an elderly woman he knows who has asked his help in (perhaps) selling the pieces. They are a cake server and a large spoon... and were given to this elderly woman many years ago by woman she was a companion/aide for.

They seem very old... are very heavy and very large. They both seem very unusual. They are both monogrammed... and both pieces have other markings. The back of the spoon has "Galt & Bros. Co.", what seem to be 3 imprinted pictures, and the number 2902 scratched under them. The cake server has (what looks like) "Harris Shaffer Co", "Pat 1894", and 3 imprinted pictures.

---Thanks for any help you can give me,

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iconnumber posted 11-05-2004 05:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Waylander     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there

As for your makers - Galt Bros were well known souvenir spoon makers, who patented a series of spoons, including a Salem Witch spoon and a George Washington spoon (not quite rare).

As for Harris Shaffer - have only ever heard of them in watchmaking circles, but may be wrong.

Not much of a US silver person, so others may be of more help.


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iconnumber posted 11-06-2004 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for neilinda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks smile for your help.

I have more info on these pieces...
the 3 imprinted pictures on them are a lion, an anchor, and what we think is a dog.
Both the spoon and the cake server are VERY heavy... much heavier than silver serving pieces I have.

---thanks again for any and all help,

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iconnumber posted 11-09-2004 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KillerChihuahua     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it possible the last mark is an old English "G" ? Lion/Anchor/G is Gorham's mark, and I've seen people describe the G as everything but.

And of course you can always buy The Book of Silver from this site and help these lovely people make money so they can keep this site up. smile

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