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Linda Snyder

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2002 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda Snyder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have another massive tray of hers that says "Made on coin" on the back and also has Sheets Rockford & Co. 1875 all around the inside of a circle. In the middle of this circle, although it is worn, it looks like a set of scales for weighing. I will take a picture of this too for submission. Thanks again.

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2002 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sheets-Rockford Silver Plate Co. was formed in 1925 and closed in 1956. It began as the Racine Silver Plate Co in 1873 in Racine Wisc. When the factory was destroyed by fire in 1882, the company relocated to Rockford Illlinos and the name was changed to Rockford Silver Plate Co. The name changed for the last time when it was bought by Raymond Sheets. He discontinued making flatware and specialized in holloware. As the economy turned down in the 30's, he switched to re-silvering. The stock was bought out by Rogers and, as too often happens, all records of the old company were destroyed. I don't know what the Made on Coin might mean -- perhaps a selling gimmick?

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Linda Snyder

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2002 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda Snyder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Despite the thickness of this piece, I can see the center scrolling design through the back of the piece. I know this is going to sound strange, but the front of the piece looks like silverplate, but the applied, ornate handles, and the back look different. They have that sometimes wavy appearance of coin.

When I look around the rim, I see a seam in some places which sounds like silver plate. It does not seem like Auntie to buy a piece of plate, but there may be dark secrets we don't know. Thanks for your help. Linda

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 03-08-2002 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is not unusual to find a solid silver tea or coffee service with a silverplate tray. A solid silver large tray would be very expensive. Sometimes, even if the set had been purchased with an accompanying solid silver tray, economic conditions may have made it more attractive to replace the solid silver tray with a silverplate one. Auntie may just have been a good business woman.

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Linda Snyder

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2002 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda Snyder     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the reply, June. Not only was she a shrewd business woman, she was also very lucky. She told me a story of purchasing her silver chest in the 1940's at auction. The bottom drawer was locked. When she got it home and unlocked it, it was full of sterling! That would never happen today.

By the way, the tea service was Gorham, including the tray. Maybe this was a piece she found in the mysterious drawer. Who knows? Thanks for your input.

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