Possible? (crown & lion passant facing right) or fake

justlindaJune 20, 2012

I picked up this spoon from a 25-cent box of cutlery today. It only has a Crown, Lion Passant facing right, and the word sterling. No makers name/mark. I've only seen the lion passant facing towards my left, not right!

Real sterling, or faked British hallmark? Maybe that's why it was in the bargain bin, but then again....just sayin' LOL

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Fori is not pleased

Is it Toronto?

(Don't ask me why I have that in my mental dustbin.)

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 12:43AM
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justlinda

Umm...if you mean where I'm from, well, it's the wet coast of Canada, out in the Pacific Ocean on an island. Vancouver Island to be exact. So far, June hasn't been nice to us, and not sure that Summer will be visiting us this year LOL

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 12:55AM
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lindac

It's sterling....I think American.....and from the back it looks like Whiting Louis XV.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 9:24AM
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Fori is not pleased

No no now I sound creepy! I meant Toronto Silver Co! Lemme look it up and check my memory...

Maybe it's a beaver....

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.925-1000.com/americansilver_T.html

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 11:29AM
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justlinda

Please excuse my ignorance...just didn't know that Toronto Silver Co. existed! I learn something new every day, of course, I probably forget something old every day also.

After checking the Whiting Louis XV pattern I do believe that it's the one.

What made me doubt it's "sterling" authenticity is the fact the lion is facing towards my right.

But thanks all for the help. Y'all know such good stuff!!!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 12:20PM
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Fori is not pleased

Nobody knows it existed!

Just for kicks I looked it up on replacements which lists very little but has a butter knife that looks awfully similar. And silverplate. I wonder if they were knocking off Whiting and that's why they have a similar mark. Those dastardly Canadians! :)

Total knockoff!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 12:34PM
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justlinda

Here's a comparison of the Toronto Silverplate butter spreader white background)and the one I bought (black background). They are slightly different when viewed side-by-side. I think I'll have to research a bit more.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 3:42PM
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Fori is not pleased

Hehe. I think yours is nicer. Definitely different, but I could see yours being an "inspiration" for the other. Then there's that sterling vs plate business which is somewhat significant.

The 25 cent box huh? Not bad!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2012 at 4:00PM
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antiquesilver

Toronoto made sterling (or had it made) up until 1915, per Rainwater's "Encyclopedia of American Silver Manufacturers".

    Bookmark   June 22, 2012 at 12:37AM
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