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02-03-2012 04:12 PM
Guess I'm not certain what you're asking. If flatware is marked sterling, it's .925 silver and that's good. Some makers added a patent number and sometimes a date on their sterling goods.
01-18-2013 08:53 PM
The Scribe "D" is most likely the mark for Durgin. Check out http://leonceantiques.wordpress.com/category/s
12-12-2013 09:26 AM
To the original question: the company responsible for the design of your flatware has to resister that design with the government, and receive a "patent," a legal notice that only that company is allowed to make that particular design. The term is sometimes abbreviated "paten d."
In other words, only the XXX company can put out that design, not Gorham, not Kirk, not Steiff, etc.
Sterling silver is marked in this country by, "Sterling," or 925.
An implement with a silver appearance Not marked as above is silverplate. While there are other shiney metals, only silver (sterling or plate) tarnishes and need to be polished.
Hope that helps.
12-20-2013 02:47 PM