Silver and Flatware/silver marks
I have a three piece youth silver set, that I think is sterling, but it has no sterling mark or number.
It has the stamp C. R. Burch, what appears to be a profile bird on a base and an long diamond with HH&R (or B?) in it. I have only been able to find 2 others with the same markings on the internet. One also had Gorham marking as sterling and the other was the same as mine but thought it sterling. Are these marks known to you?
Thank you for your help!
I'm not familiar with these marks (except for Gorham). I wonder if C. R. Burch was a retailer. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was common for retailers to place their names on pieces actually manufactured by others.
However, virtually all manufacturers and retailers placed the word, "Sterling", on pieces that were sterling. It would not have made sense otherwise. Not having "Sterling" on a piece immediately calls into question what the piece is made of.
Consider posting your question and picture on the forum at www.925-1000.com. A number of experts participate and maybe one will recognize the marks.
Sorry I could not help.
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