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We have a silverplate baby cup engraved "Little Steve." But, as we had several generations of Steves, and don't know whose it was.

Could you please help to date it?

The cup is 2 3/4 inches tall with a rim diameter of 2 1/4 inches.

The bottom is stamped:
MADE & PLATED BY
WALLACE BRO'S.
SILVER CO.
V530
(the V may be a narrow W)

The cup is widest at the bottom, slims to the middle, and swells again at the top, where the rim is folded outward.

The handle is squared with a flat top and a curve to the bottom of the cup.

The decoration is five circular grooves at the top and four circular grooves at the bottom.

Thanks so much, Jim!

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Hi, Bob.

According to a reference book I have, the "Wallace Brothers" name came into existence in 1875. In 1879, it was taken over by "R. Wallace & Sons Mfg. Co.". So, this would imply that the cup was made during that four-year period. However, this is not a guarantee because it was common for an acquiring silver company to continue to use the acquired company's brand for a while, sometimes many years. I can't say for certain in this case but it's fair to assume this was made before 1900.

Best wishes,

Jim

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

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BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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