I have a set of chambersticks that have been passed along in my family since at least my great grandparents. On the bottom it says " J. W. Tufts." and then under that “Boston.” and has a mark coming out each side of the “s” diagonally. There are periods after the “Boston” and after “Tufts” as shown above.
There is a model type number “3503” between the two holes
Below the bottom hole is another number, I assume the item or serial number, one is “8” and the other is “30”
I have searched all over the web but can only find silver-plated items by J.W. Tufts, but they all have a mark.
My pieces have no diamond mark and no additional wording or lettering.
I guess my question is, does that mean my pieces are older? Possibly sterling? Any information about identifying my pieces would be appreciated.