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Linda Lee

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iconnumber posted 08-12-2004 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda Lee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've looked in my American silver marks book, but cannot find the mark that is on a plain pair of small tongs. On the inside of one of the tongs is a frame with a rounded top with what looks like a two part tree sort of salt shaker stylized look with P on one side and M? on the other side Outside the frame at the top are letters spaced E P B and outside the bottom of the mark is A L T.

If anyone can give me a clue for this I would appreciate it.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 08-12-2004 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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"a frame with a rounded top with what looks like a two part tree sort of salt shaker stylized look with P on one side and M? on the other side"
Welcome to the Forums!

Please read over your description again (quoted above). I think if you reword it carefully, we might be able to figure out what you are trying to describe. Remember, we can't see it, and a "two part tree sort of salt shaker stylized look" is a little hard to imagine smile.

Brent

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Linda Lee

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iconnumber posted 08-12-2004 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda Lee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, I know my description was weird.

It looks like the outside of a Christmas tree shape with little testure on the inside and the bottom part which is separated looks like a square stand. There is a p to the left near the top of this mark and an N to the right and the whole thing is inside a frame with a rounded top.

That is the best I could do with the magnifying glass. Sorry this is my first time on the forum and I probably don't know the terminology. The other lettering I descried is at the top and bottom outside the frame.

Thanks for helping.

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Brent

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2004 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,

Well, that's a bit better. The mark sounds like silverplate. I'm not sure from what country; could be English or Continental. Unfortunately very little is written about European silverplaters, at least not in English. If you can post a picture of the mark at some point, we might be able to take it a bit further.

Hope this helps!

Brent

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Arg(um)entum

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iconnumber posted 08-14-2004 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Arg(um)entum     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a hunch in the absence of a picture:

The EPB likely stands for Electroplated Britannia Metal and the frame with the rounded top sounds like the French mark for imported plated ware.

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