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Enameled berry or nut spoon with unknown hallmarks


#1

My second post tonight. I have a small slotted spoon with a very small hallmark on it. It was too small to take a picture of but I did take some of the piece. I am hoping to get some info on the pattern name (if any), and the maker.

Just above the bowl is the word Sterling. And using a magnifying glass I also see, just below the monogram on the back of the spoon, a capital letter “W” and next to it is a winged lion, dragon or phoenix, leftward facing. The lion is sitting and appears to have paws in the air. The lion is “angular”; not very detailed with swirls, etc. I couldn’t find any other marks.

The front of the spoon has enameling and a child’s or cherub’s face (or so it appears).

This could be American but the marks sort of look British to me (I’m no expert though).
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#2

Hi there,
The spoon is not English, as English silver is never marked Sterling. It may well be American, but I can’t say for sure. Hopefully someone else will be able to shed some light on it for you.

Regards
Daniel


#3

There are a couple of American marks that might match yours.

The Frank M. Whiting Co., North Attleboro, Massachusetts used a mark very much like you describe. It had the W in a shield.
In 1896 they stopped using that mark as a result of a lawsuit by the Whiting Mfg. Co., New York City. Their mark has a lion standing and facing left. This mark also had a W, but in a circle.


#4

Thank you for your replies. I’ll have to take a closer look at the “W”. I didn’t realize that the word “Sterling” wasn’t used on British silver. I’m glad I found this site and will share it with my brother and sister so they can find out more about their silver too.