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iconnumber posted 02-02-2004 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for parker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently had handed down to me a collection of what looks like 6 silver egg cups with an ornate silver base. On the bottom of the base there are 4 marks which read left to right as follows:

HA - EA - PA(or FA) - HPA ( in a shield )

any idea on who and what these marks refer to?

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Ulysses Dietz

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iconnumber posted 02-02-2004 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ulysses Dietz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From the look of those marks--and the form itself (which is very English), I'd guess that this is a Victorian Electro-plated egg frame - a common form in English table silver, especially in plated ware. The marks are imitating English hallmarks, thus giving the "effect" of a sterling piece, but also giving the name(s) of the makers.

I am not the pro on English plater's names, but one of my "spotters" will probably have some more help for you.

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 02-03-2004 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The marks HA EA FA, sometimes plus EP over A in a shield), are those of Atkin Brothers of Sheffield (see the book by George Mappin, EPNS: Electroplated Nickel Silver, Old Sheffield Plate and Close Plate Makers' Marks from 1784 [London: Foulsham, 1999], p. 55).

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