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Available in; Stainless steel, Silver Plate, Sterling silver Sheffield Rattail (click image) The earliest English pattern originating around 1700.
Developed from the traditional hand forging with the central rib (rat-tail) providing extra rigidity to the handle.
1896)- the date of registration of the pattern at the Patent Office - the presence of a dated dedication- the date of the event (example: King/Queen Coronation or Jubilee commemorative spoons).
- "Ltd" or "Ld" on the mark denotes a date after 1861 (but in most cases not before 1890) - a registered number (Rd followed by a number) denotes a date after 1883 - "England" denotes a date after 1891 (mandatory for export in the USA - Mc Kinley Tariff Act of 1890-) - "Made in England" denotes a 20th century date (mandatory after 1921 for export in the USA) The largest manufacturers introduced, on a voluntary basis, a dating system of their silver plate based on series of letters of various style contained into shields or geometric figures.
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