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Good morning, Jim. I have been studying & collecting sterling silver for over 30 years but this one has me puzzled.  I recently bought some gorgeous Versailles dinner-sized forks (7.75 inches) and they are marked with the usual "lion, anchor, G", "sterling" plus these have the "copyright 88" mark.  They also have a circle cartouche with a D in it.  This D mark has me going through every silver book I have plus looking online.  I have not come up with anything to explain it.  I am familiar with the weight marks (those letters were in a diamond cartouche) and the date marks but this mark is not any of those.  Can you help, please?

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Hi, Carol.

I'm sorry to say I do not know the answer.

Here are two other sites to try:
http://www.925-1000.com/forum/index.php
http://www.smpub.com/cgi/ubb/Ultimate.cgi

They have answered lots of questions over the years. Photos are required at the first site. I don't know about the second site.

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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