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Jim, Please look at the images of these items.They are a bit blurred so allow me to illustrate. The ladle is Irish in orgin,I believe, and is stamped D & A. The silent butler is stamp 286.I hope this is enough information to ascertain the value. -Randy

Hi, Randy.

The pictures did not come through.

The piece marked, "D & A", may be from Daniel & Arter Globe Nevada Silver Works of Birmingham, England. A reference book I have states that most of their pieces contained little, if any, silver.

Of course, other companies could have used the same initials; I just don't have any listed in my references.

The "286" probably is a model number but without some sort of manufacturer's mark, it will be difficult to identify.

Since these pieces are not marked in a way to indicate being made of sterling, it's likely the values are low.

Sorry I could not be of more help.

Best wishes,


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