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Confusing marks on spoon. Is it a fake?


#1

Hi. I cannot work out the marks on this spoon. It has no duty mark. It appears to be an Edinburgh product of about 1800. The maker’s initials are FH inside a circle but doesn’t appear to be Francis Howden whose mark is rectangular. It could be the mark of Francis Howard of Sheffield.
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#2

Yes, it’s Francis Howard Ltd so has to be 20th century. The date letter is the gothic Q for 1971.


#3

Hi, I wonder why Edinburgh marks are visible, unless I am mistaken about these.


#4

Your spoon has Edinburgh marks because Howards registered their mark there. They also registered at Birmingham, Glasgow and London as well as Sheffield. I’m not sure whether they had factories/workshops in all those places but it should always be borne in mind that what we loosely call a maker’s mark should more strictly be called a sponsor’s mark. This also covers silver which is made by other companies on behalf of the sponsor and also imported silver.


#5

Thank you Moderator. Sadly, the piece is 200 years younger than I hoped for, when I started researching.