Dating silver plate
Dating silver plate - russiandatingwoman
This blog is an exploration of silver and silver plate.
Now I would like to offer some tips on how to determine whether a given object is silver, Old Sheffield Plate or silverplate.
(who used the 1847 Rogers Brothers mark from Hartford) -the mess of "Rogerses" is something we will seek to unravel later.
Had sales offices in New York, Chicago, and San Fransisco. 1898 - One of the founding members, and leading organizers of the International Silver Company. The Meriden Britannia Company's marks were used until the 1930's.
There is another mark – generally the sovereign’s head – which will certify that duty was paid on the piece.
Another mark will give the year that the item was assayed (generally speaking the year it was made) -these are letters in a shield device.
This helped to protect the consumer, for if it was determined that the silver object was not actually pure enough to be marked as silver, the culprit could be found and punishment could be meted out.
As silver objects made before 1700 are quite rare, I shall restrict my comments to those made after that date.The mark is a Lion Passant-the image of a lion walking, facing left.You may be sure that an object bearing this mark is English sterling silver made after 1719.In 1719 Parliament established the standard for purity for sterling silver and instituted a mark indicating that an item is of sufficient purity to be deemed sterling.That standard means an item is made of 92.5% pure silver.One of the most frustrating parts of silver collecting it the lack of research data compiled in one place. If you use any information here please leave a link to the post for others.