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iconnumber posted 09-01-2005 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Twong     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Hi All,

I have been asked by a friend to find out what I can about a silver mark on a teapot. I know next to nothing about silver marks and would be grateful for any guidance you can provide.

I have never seen the teapot in person but the owner states that: The marks are "X", next line "A B * S", next line " 4 2 6 8", next line "5".

Thank you so much...

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iconnumber posted 09-02-2005 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could you please post a close up photo of the markings? It hard to see any detail in the photo you have posted.

Until we see a close up of the markings, my first reaction is that it is not silver, it is silver plated. Could the marking you mention, the ab*s actually be epns? If so then it would stand for electro plated nickel silver.

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iconnumber posted 09-02-2005 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Twong     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much for taking the time. I have posted a close up below. I hope this helps a little more. It would be good to know for sure the nature of the teapot.

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iconnumber posted 09-02-2005 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for adelapt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The nature of the corrosion to the base, and the damage to the footrim both seem to indicate that the teapot is electroplated Britannia metal.

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iconnumber posted 09-02-2005 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TBC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Twong.

The close-up is better but it still leaves room for improvement. Could you try a photograph of the marks using a magnifying glass?

On balance, I'm inclined to think that this teapot is a nothing-special silver plated piece. There is a superior silver plating called sheffield plate (invented by Thomas Boulsover in 1743 and whenever I see a piece of silver plating, before dismissing it (sorry) I always see whether it might be sheffield plate. I don't think this is that (although it bears a passing resemblence to A Hartfield's mark of 1808) but to be sure, another picture magnified would be helpful.

Don't get hopes up - I thin on balance this is just an electro plated nickle silver (epns) item.

Kindest rgds,


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