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QUESTION: My father recently sent me a package containing misc. silverware that belonged to my grandmother. A majority of it is engraved and I have been able to trace back all but one set of 12 spoons.  I can't even figure out the initial on it but the on the back of the spoon it says J.M.Bonnet Sterling.  I cannot find anything about the manufacturer.  Any ideas?

Thanks,
Sarah

ANSWER: Hi, Sarah.

I could not find mention of J. M. Bonnet as a silversmith or silver manufacturer in any of my references. The only reference I could find on the web was a J. M. Bonnet who owned a jewelry store in Zanesville, Ohio, 1838-1882.

It was once common for retailers to have their own names placed on pieces actually made by others. Perhaps that is what we have here.

The fact that these pieces have the word, "Sterling", on them leads me to believe they were made after 1870 or so.

If you would like to send a picture of the front of a spoon, I'll be glad to see what else I can find.

Best wishes,

Jim


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QUESTION: Thanks Jim!  That totally makes sense, my great grandmother's family is from Zanesville.  I have attached a photo of the spoon for you to see, it seems very unique although I still can't figure out the engraving.  My family from there was Harper, but it doesn't look like an "H".  I also included another photo that I know is Reed & Barton but I cannot find the pattern, thought I would see if you could help again!  Thank you again so much, I'm sorry I did not get back to you sooner, you were so quick!  I am on the west coast and had a packed evening.

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Hi.

I found a Reed & Barton silver plate pattern called Roman Medallion that looks similar to your pattern: http://www.replacements.com/webquote/RDSROME.htm#2116087 . Does your set have the word, "Sterling", on it. If not, this may be a match.

I cannot identify the Bonnet pattern. If there are no other marks or symbols on the back to identify the actual manufacturer, it's going to be tough. You could do an search through the major manufacturers of the time just to see. I'd start with Gorham, Wallace, Reed & Barton and Dominick & Haff. Try this site: http://www.sterlingflatwarefashions.com/Patterns/1Pattern.html as well as www.replacements.com.

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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BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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