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I recently came across 2 18" Wallace Silversmith serving trays.   Both have the Wallace W with the 5 pedal flower above 4 separate stamped hallmarks in square outlined boxes.  First Hallmark is again the Wallace W with the 5 pedal flower.  Second is a Stag/Deer.  Third is the Lion in profile facing to the left.  Fourth is a crown.   My assumption is the stamps signify the Wallace Silversmith company (post 1940?) and that is is sterling silver plated signifying the "old sheffield" process.  Any clarifying info would be great.  I have taken pictures if needed.   Thank you.

Mike Robbins

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Hi, Mike.

This is a grouping of Wallace marks I've never seen. Until the National Stamping Act of 1906, there were no standards for silver marks on pieces made in the United States. For pieces made in Great Britain, the were strict definitions of hallmarks. In Great Britain, the lion would have been the symbol for sterling and the crown would have indicated a piece was made in Sheffield. The crown does not necessarily indicate sterling or Sheffield plate. So, Wallace, being an American company, could assign any meaning to these marks.

FYI, Watson Company used the "W", crown and lion symbol but I don't think they ever used a stag head like Wallace.

I've been no real help here but I'll continue to poke around in my references to see if I can find anything else.

There is a forum at www.925-1000.com where you can leave questions and pictures. A number of experts participate so it might be worth the trouble to post your question there.

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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