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Scottish Celtic Point Teaspoons?

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staunto




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Posted: 05/09/2009 
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Hi there,

I picked up this nice little pair of Celtic Point Teaspoons. Can someone have a look at the hallmarks for me. Firstly, are they really Scottish? The Castle hallmark is missing the top left hand corner on both spoons, which seems a little weird to me. And I can't seem to find an Edinburgh Maker's Mark that matches the WA hallmark.

Wasn't sure if maybe they are Colonial?

Any help would be great, cheers,

Ben

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Posted: 07/09/2009 
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These certainly appear to be Edinburgh and probably date from about 1790 to 1820 when it is not unusual for some of the normally expected assay marks to be missing. I have certainly seen Edinburgh silver with only the maker's mark, town mark and duty mark like this. Unfortunately I cannot identify WA; possibilities are William Auld or William Allen, but even the Edinburgh Goldsmiths Incorporation does not show this mark.
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Joined: 16 Feb 2007
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Posted: 09/10/2009 
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In the late 1790s-1802, it is common for the set of Edinburgh assayed marks to be incomplete on small flatware items. A careful comparision of Edinburgh castle marks may let you date the spoons reasonably precisely.

I agree with the prior poster as per maker options but think that Allen is less likely. The mark is almost certainly that of William Auld. I have encountered identically marked spoons (including the same maker's mark).
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staunto




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Posted: 10/10/2009 
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Thanks guys! Smile
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