I found a small dessert fork the other day. It has a Chester hallmark but when I looked up the date code I was confused.
The date mark is an italic J in a square backgound with bevelled corners. Looking at the date chart this looks to be 1734. However, the makers mark is for the Barker Brothers who date from the early 20th century. There is a date mark of an italic J for 1909 but the background for the 1909 date letter is different.
When I compare the forms of the italic J it matches the earlier date code better.
Can anyone suggest an explanation or confirm the date code for me?
Photo of the hallmark is picasaweb.google.com/1086993747 … hesterFork
Thanks for any and all suggestions.