Silver dating marks
& Howson Hayne & Cater Hennell family Holland Aldwinckle & Slater Horton & Allday Hukin & Heath W. Jamieson Lambert & Co Lamerie Latham & Morton Levi & Salaman C.
Ramsden Reid & Sons Richards & Brown Roberts & Belk J.
People aren't necessarily looking only for sterling; they just want to know what they're buying.
Most of the time, you can find the answer simply by turning over the teaspoon, fish fork, ice cream saw, or cheese scoop (antique flatware is that specialized).
By industry practice, AA has one-third again as much silver used in the plating as does A1.
Learning to distinguish plate from sterling and American from European silver is a good starting point.
Beyond that, you will have to do your homework; even the experts rely on books.
(Unmarked objects, of course, present the greatest mystery.) Eventually, manufacturers also started using the word coin.
With the adoption of the sterling standard after the Civil War, silversmiths continued to stamp their own names on the back, along with the word sterling or the number 92.5 or 925, all of which indicate sterling quality. The Gorham company's mark was a row of three emblems: a lion (for sterling), an anchor (for its base in Rhode Island), and a "G" (its initial).