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iconnumber posted 07-12-2004 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fergie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone tell me what the Rd number means on cutlery etc. Also, does anyone know what the symbol of a solid star means on silver(plate?) Have cutlery that is marked
J S "star" S. Any help would really be appreciated. Am just getting into silver. Fascinating but very frustrating sometimes. thanks


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iconnumber posted 07-13-2004 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your Rd numbers are British Registered Design numbers, indicating that the design was officially entered. The original registers are now at the Public Record Office in London. The earliest registered design marks were diamond shaped, with a complicated series of numbers and letters to indicate the date and catagory of registration. These lasted from 1842 to the end of 1883. In 1884 the simpler numerical sequence was introduced. I believe that Registered Design Numbers still exist, although it is rare to see them marked on objects after the 1930s.
The numerical sequence allows you to calculate when your pieces were designed. For a listing of years see
Although this site is devoted to antique glass, it holds true for other materials.

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iconnumber posted 07-13-2004 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fergie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. That was very helpful and saved me an awful lot of searching around. Checked the website and found out the info I needed (cutlery is from around 1921). Its not silver, but it is a nice set and I just wanted to know a bit more about it.
Thanks again
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