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Silver Sugar Spoon

Can anyone help identify these marks on a silver sugar spoon. I believe 18th Century and approx 9.5 cms in length

Many thanks


These look like the maker’s mark of the London silversmith George Smith III (the 3 is just because he’s the third known George Smith chronologically). His mark was registered in 1778. In 1785 he entered into partnership with William Fearn; the partnership lasted about 10 years.

However there should be a full set of assay marks rather than just initials. If this is Smith’s mark then your spoon is what is known as a duty-dodger. In addition, as it has no assay marks, the silver may not be sterling standard.


Thanks for that Phil