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iconnumber posted 11-11-2007 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if the S in William Simpkins mark is serif or sans serif? Also does the S always appear to have been slightly crudely made and slightly slanted? I have never seen Simpkins mark where there is the short perpendicular line at the start and end of the S which would make the S a serif S. These seemingly minor differences can make all the difference when assigning who the silversmith was. Again, thanks for any input.

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iconnumber posted 11-11-2007 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are two WS marks shown (regrettably small) in Kane. In both the S appears san serif, but quite possibly because the punch was worn, rather than by intent, as the W is serifed. The first of the two is the mark shown in Belden and on my site.

I also show another version with a serifed S,

but with the caveat that it may be William Simes, as it resembles a cut-down version of his name-in-full punch.

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