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iconnumber posted 06-05-2005 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for obnock     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have recently bought four small pepperetts/salts and they have Birks Sterling on the underside . I have managed to find out that Birks is a Canadian company but my question is how is one to decide how old they are?, is there a pattern book? or other such source, Or is the way BIRKS STERLING is stamped on give an indication of age. Thanks in anticipation Keith.

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iconnumber posted 06-05-2005 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The date can be determined by the ways you suggest. Going by the decoration, if decoration there be, is a good first step. Monograms can also be dated fairly easily in most cases. The way BIRKS STERLING is stamped is another clue, since the typefaces used by makers on their marks changed over time. If you can post pictures of your S & P sets and their marks, that would help us date them.

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iconnumber posted 06-06-2005 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hello     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my experience with Birks, I have noticed that pre 1930 or so, "Birks" was contained inside of a rectangle. My reasoning for this is that Birks followed similar marks to that of London from about 1900, and it seems the switch occurs in the 30's somewhere(36 if I remember correctly). This leads me into a question actually, are there any definitive books on hallmarks of canadian silver? I've been looking for one but can only seem to find provincially specific books, such as quebec or nova scotia. The only other book I have found with any canadian marks is "Silver and sheffield plate marks" by John Bly. The only marks it contains are very vage and somewhat misleading. For instance, I once found a silverplated reticulated plate with the same hallmark on the bottom of page 80, the lion passant. Although I know that this mark was primarily used by Birks on holloware items, I don't know if any other canadian maker used it. Anyways sorry to ramble but otherwise Paul is correct in saying that style or decoration is very important.

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iconnumber posted 06-26-2005 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmullins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Langdon's "Canadian Silversmiths 1700-1900" has information on date-letters used by Birks after 1898.

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