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iconnumber posted 11-26-2021 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unknown mark WK on an 8.75" spoon. There is a William Kimberly who has a mark that is somewhat similar, but this one does not have a pellet and the font is slightly different. Thinking 1780's or so, maybe slightly earlier?? Any ideas who this might be?

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iconnumber posted 11-26-2021 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Winterthur has a slightly smaller feather-edged tablespoon c 1790 with the same marks listed as Maker Unknown. I get at NYC vibe from both and Kimberly would be the most likely suspect. He had a 30 year career and it is not unreasonable to assume he used several initial punches in the time.

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iconnumber posted 11-28-2021 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you WEV. That is certainly the exact same mark. My spoon has an upturned handle which I had thought indicated it might be made earlier than he practiced... but I guess that is not a given and silversmiths made items in different styles during different times.

I did want to ask a question as I see on your website that he also sold silverplate tablespoons and teaspoons. Could he have received silverplate blanks and then placed his initial mark on them? Or would he simply resell items marked and made by others? Probably a stupid question but when I think about American silverplate I don't think of it as being made this early...

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