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Sterling Silver Glossary:Stamping, Trademarks and Stock Numbers

Stamping Trademarks and Stock Numbers: As early as 1867, the Meriden Britannia Co. had a system of stamping nickel silver, silver soldered  holloware with a cipher preceding the number, and by 1893, nickel silver holloware with white metal mounts had as a part of the number two ciphers. That is, on a waiter with white metal, 00256, etc., would be stamped. This made it quickly understood by the number whether the piece was nickel silver, silversoldered or nickel silver with white metal mounts.

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