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iconnumber posted 10-09-2001 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dana3822     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have this big coffee or tea set marked Reed & Barton
With 5 pieces and a big tray.
It has these marks on different parts of the handles,
One is an (M) the other ones are numbers
2744 24
And the rest said
MFD &-PLATED and a number that could be 51
REED BARTON PATED DEC. 10.1 after it may be a 6 or an 8
I would like to know if somebody could help me to find out
How old it is?.


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iconnumber posted 10-09-2001 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to the silver forums!

Your marks actually tell you what you want to know, in this case. PAT'ED is short for patented, and the patent date would be December 10, 1916 or 18, depending on whether the last number is the 6 or the 8.

This patent is likely for the design itself. Most pieces of a patented design were made within about 10 years of the patent date, so your set probably dates from between 1916 and 1930.

I hope this helps!


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