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Pinsabigail

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2004 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pinsabigail     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have a couple coin silver spoons that we believe are American, but can't find these marks. The first has a lion, leopard, C, and a head. The second has a G, head and a lion.

Any suggestions from anyone regarding the maker and age?

Thanks.


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wev
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iconnumber posted 01-11-2004 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are typical psuedo-hallmarks usually associated with a number of wholesale spoonmakers in the New York area c 1840-1860. Short of finding an original retailer's purchase order, it would not be possible to assign a name to them.

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iconnumber posted 01-11-2004 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pinsabigail     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks - any idea why the hallmarks were generic?

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iconnumber posted 01-17-2004 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pseudohallmarks are different from true hallmarks. Use the Forum search feature and look for "hallmarks" and "pseudohallmarks" to find proper definitions. American pseudohallmarks are not generic -- certain ones, or combinations thereof, are characteristic of specific makers. As wev indicated, combinations like those on your spoons are trademarks of particular New York manufacturers, some of which have not been identified.

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