Flea Market Décor

Stamp Hieroglyph­ics

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THE MARKINGS ON THIS ENGLISH STERLING SILVER SPOON SHOW IT WAS MADE IN LONDON IN 1799 BY GEORGE BURROWS. HERE’S HOW WE CAN TELL, LOOKING AT EACH SYMBOL. THE FIRST SYMBOL,

the lion passant (also known as the standard mark), is a guarantee that the spoon is English sterling silver. THE SECOND SYMBOL,

the assay or town mark, is a leopard in this example, which indicates that the spoon was made in London. (Note that this leopard is wearing a crown, which means the spoon was made before 1820.) THE THIRD SYMBOL,

the date letter which is “D” in this case, tells you the year the spoon was made. This one was handcrafte­d in 1799. THE FOURTH SYMBOL, the monarch’s head, which in this example is George III, indicates a duty or tax has been paid. FINALLY, THE FIFTH SYMBOL

is the maker’s insignia and this one shows GB. This spoon was made by George Burrows or by a silversmit­h in his shop.

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