Dating pewter spoons
The handles of seventeenth century latten spoons also changed as the century passed, from an earlier slender form, with a cross-section of flattened hexagonal shape, to a flatter wider form by the century’s end.1896)- the date of registration of the pattern at the Patent Office - the presence of a dated dedication - the date of the event (example: King/Queen Coronation or Jubilee commemorative spoons) - "Ltd" or "Ld" on the mark denotes a date after 1861 (but in most cases not before 1890) - a registered number (Rd followed by a number) denotes a date after 1883 - "England" denotes a date after 1891 (mandatory for export in the USA - Mc Kinley Tariff Act of 1890-) - "Made in England" denotes a 20th century date (mandatory after 1921 for export in the USA) The largest manufacturers introduced, on a voluntary basis, a dating system of their silver plate based on series of letters of various style contained into shields or geometric figures. The first was Elkington (1841), followed by Walker & Hall (1884) and Mappin & Webb (but other less known makers tried to do something similar). When accompanied by the pattern number (three or four digits) the mark can be dated to 1828/18291824-1830Imperial standard was introduced in 1824. The firm was assumed by James Willis Dixon and a third son, Henry Issac Dixon, and a son-on-law, William Fawcett, became full partners.1879-1927Basic mark used in this period.
Dating pewter spoons comments