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Acme Aesthetic

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iconnumber posted 03-18-2004 05:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Acme Aesthetic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A boxed set of what I believe to be jam spoons, originally purchased in Britain, it is marked with A&D, in 3 conjoined cartouches, a gothic "S" which I believe to be a date letter, and an hourglass in an oval or rectangular cartouche. There is also a 6 digit registration number impressed into the backside of the bowl near the handle.

Any information greatly appreciated.
tracey hamlett

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Patrick Vyvyan

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iconnumber posted 03-18-2004 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Patrick Vyvyan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your marks sound more likely to be English silverplate, rather than Sterling. Typically, there are 4 marks on Sterling: the maker's initials, a lion for 92.5% pure silver, the symbol of the Assay office (e.g. cat's face for London) and finally the date letter. A gothic "S" is often used for Sheffield or to imply the quality of Sheffield silverplate.

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Silver Lyon

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iconnumber posted 12-03-2004 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silver Lyon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charles James Allen and Sidney Darwin
as partners in ALLAN & DARWIN of 55 Arundel Street Sheffield, England ('Portland Works')
They appear to have started in 1893 and used marks similar to those which you mention on ELECTROPLATE until 1928.
They did make sterling too - but this had a maker's mark A&D (with NO serifs) in a rectangle with cut corners AND English hallmarks smile

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