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British spoon John Gilbert

Hi, everyone! Please, help with identification, it seems to me, that it is a spoon from John Gilbert, but I dont know the age of it. Also, I would like to know the meaning of letter “D” .

You are correct in your identification of John Gilbert (or possibly John Gilbert & Co Ltd) as the manufacturer. You are probably also aware that it is not silver - NS stands for nickel silver which is a base metal alloy containing no silver whatsoever. The spoon looks as if it was probably electroplated but the plate looks to be severely damaged. As for the letter D, I don’t think that anybody knows for sure what its significance is; however online images of Gilbert’s marks show a selection of letters so it may be part of a private date-coding system.


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Thanks for answering! And what about age, is it 20th century or maybe older?

Probably very late 19th century. I’m not sure until when they were in business.

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