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Registered: ‎12-18-2011

Definition of sterling pat d

what is sterling pat d vintage flatware? what is patent means? thanks.

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bamaj1
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Registered: ‎11-17-2003

Re: Definition of sterling pat d

in reply to lauraandjared707

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. 

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Registered: ‎12-18-2011

Re: Definition of sterling pat d

in reply to lauraandjared707

My vintage flatware reads "Sterling pat d" - does it mean is not real silver? what is pat d means??

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bamaj1
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Registered: ‎11-17-2003

Re: Definition of sterling pat d

in reply to lauraandjared707

Your flatware is sterling.  Pat d means patented.  Are there any maker marks on it?  We might be able to ID the maker and the pattern name.

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Registered: ‎02-15-2012

Re: Definition of sterling pat d

in reply to lauraandjared707

I have a piece that reads STERLIND PAT'D, and also has a scripted "D".  Does that have additional meaning?

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Registered: ‎01-18-2013

Re: Definition of sterling pat d

in reply to lauraandjared707

The Scribe "D" is most likely the mark for Durgin. Check out http://leonceantiques.wordpress.com/category/sterling-silver-patterns/durgin-silver-patterns/ to see if you see your pattern.

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Registered: ‎12-09-2013

Re: Definition of sterling pat d

in reply to lauraandjared707

My jewelry says D Sterling, wondering if that means something specific.  Most of my other jewelry says .925

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Posts: 1,676
Registered: ‎08-09-2004

Re: Definition of sterling pat d

in reply to soccergirl1121

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.

 

 

 

 

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gregsglass
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Registered: ‎05-03-2004

Re: Definition of sterling pat d

in reply to silverthwait

Hi Silver,

   Just a little correction. Homen Co made a "special metal" that is what it is called and marked on the bottom.. Believe me it tarnishes and polishes just like silver and is not plated.

The bottom rim has 8 or 9 deep notches where people thought it was sterling and tested. LoL

greg

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