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iconnumber posted 08-21-2002 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gfox49     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a compote that is 4" tall and 7" in diameter that has some very detailed engraving. I am not sure engraving is the word to use, it could be hand tooled. It has the rainbow shaped Derby SP mark with the number 738 underneath it. Underneath the 738 is 4 square shaped marks each containing a letter. The letters are EPWM. I know that EPWM stands for electro-plated white metal. My questions are, is this an early Victorian piece? Can anybody give an approximate year of manufacture? I have included 2 pictures here. I have more detailed photo's that are available for examination. I would appreciate any assistance from anyone on this matter.


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iconnumber posted 08-26-2002 12:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for smfc75     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The "rainbow" mark indicates that your piece was manufactured some time after 1920. Also, your piece appears to be a Dutch reproduction, popular from about 1910-1930. Rainwater's "American Silverplate" describes the process used to make these:
... a process no longer used, called "copper deposit." An impression of the design was made in red wax, then this wax form was hung in a plating tank and plated with copper until the desired thickness had been obtained. The wax was afterwards melted away and the piece silverplated. Such things as handles, spouts, bases, and covers were attached and were not made as part of the original piece.

The base shown in your photos appears to be cast white metal.

So, to answer your questions -- not Victorian, most likely made in the 1920s. Hope this helps!

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