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iconnumber posted 03-07-2001 11:40 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a nice pitcher and creamer set marked Forbes Siver Co. Druple Head of an Eagle in circle. Can anyone tell me anything about this. The number 637 is stamped also. Dot

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2001 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forbes is, or was, an American company that made silverplate. "Druple" should actually be "quadruple," but I guess the "qua" wore off. This means that the base metal your piece was made of was covered with a quadruple layer of silverplate. I don't have my copy of Rainwater handy, but in a couple days I can post better date & location info on Forbes if somebody else hasn't.

I hope this is a helpful start.

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2001 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forbes Silver Co. was formed in 1894 as a department of the silverplate industry giant Meriden Britannia Co. Forbes was one of the companies that was consolidated into the International Silver Co. in 1898. It is unknown how long the Forbes trademarks continued to be used after 1898, but probably for quite a while. So, your set can not be earlier than 1894, and may be quite a bit later. The style of the pieces will tell you about when they were made.

I hope this helps!


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iconnumber posted 03-08-2001 04:56 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul, thank you for the info. My set looks very victorian. Very fancy edging around base and top of set and handles very arched and decorative. Does this set have much value. What does 637 mean? Also, you are correct in stating quadruple, as I looked closer I could read that. What do you recommend for cleaning. Dot

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2001 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On further research, it appears that the mother company, Meriden Britannia, stopped marking silver as "Quadruple Plate" in 1896. If the same holds true for Forbes, your set would date from 1894-1896. The description of your set makes me think 1890's as well.

The 637 is likely a number used within the company to designate a particular pattern. Matching services like yours will often have all the pieces stamped with the same pattern number. Plated holloware patterns from this period did not have "names" per se, so the factory used these numbers to keep things organized.

Your set does have value, but we do not give appraisals in these forums. The value of your set will depend on:

  1. The number of pieces.
  2. The appeal of the design.
  3. Condition.

Of these, condition is the most important. If the layer of silver plate has been worn through over large areas, value will be diminished considerably. If the wear through is slight, or limited to high spots, feet, etc., most of the value will be retained. Major dents and broken parts can also greatly affect value.

As for caring for your set, check some of the topics in the General Silver Forum; we have had some decent discussions of this already. In general, you want a non-abrasive polish. This is especially important with silver plate, as the plate layer is very thin and easily removed through improper care.

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iconnumber posted 03-08-2001 10:55 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul and Brent, thank you very much for the info. I truly appreciate it. the pieces are in very good condition. They were a gift from my grandmother. thanks again. I love this website.Dot

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