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

Posted by justlinda (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 20, 12 at 23:44

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

Is it Toronto?

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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!!!


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

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: replacement's toronto butter knife which looks like W.'s louis...


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

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.


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

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!


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

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


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