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iconnumber posted 10-05-2000 10:00 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i have a silver small pot that looks like a minature tea pot with extra lids that actually hold something and i don't really know what it is. It is a very nice piece of work and i have had it s few years, when i got it, it was tarnished really bad. i have now taken a polishing cloth and been working on it and it is beautifully silver. the markings on the bottom are: l.b.s.co there is also a number 8 in a shield also, it has a crown and what looks to be like a cross or a plus sign, also it has these initials e p n s and a number 1447 can anyone tell me what it is and what the markings are. please e-mail me if you know anything about this unique piece of work at montanaxtc@aol.com

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iconnumber posted 10-07-2000 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is hard to tell exactly what your piece is from your description. It may be a syrup jug or cream pitcher; then again, the Victorians had a lot of unusual tableware and it could be something we don't use today. If you could post a picture we could probably help identify it.

As for the marks, they sound like the marks on English silverplate. The EPNS stands for Electro-Plate on Nickel Silver. The makers, LBS Co., could be Levesley Bros. of Sheffield, England. English silver platers used a variety of strange marks to identify themselves; The 8 in shield, the crown and the cross are all just part of the plater's trademark. Crowns are often incorporated into the trademarks of platers from Sheffield, so that also points to the Levesley Brothers. The 1447 is probably a pattern number.

I hope this helps!

Brent

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