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iconnumber posted 07-06-2000 10:13 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a cocktail fork dated 1835. In the center it shows R WALLACE HP and at the handle has HOTEL ASTOR engraved. I'm curious of the origin of R Wallace and which Hotel Astor may have existed in 1835.Thanks, Becca

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1835 is a trademark commemorating the opening of the original plating shop of Robert Wallace in Wallingford CT. The mark as you describe it has been used on plated flatware since 1897. Wallace produced vast quantities of novelty spoons of this type for sale in the gift shop of hotels etc.

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I would tend to think that the HP stands for Hotel Plate. Rather than a souvenir, I would think this was a fork used in the dining room of the hotel. Heavy silverplate was used regularly at fine hotels in the early 20th century, and it was often engraved with the hotel name.

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