Silver and Flatware/Wallace sterling silver hallmark query.
I have a Wallace Violet sterling jelly server. It has a 1904 makers mark.
After the sterling mark there is a T inside a circle. It is the T that has caused a little confusion.
I would appreciate any help.
I can't say for certain if Wallace followed this rule or not but it's a good guess that this is correct.
Several manufacturers created pieces in different weights. Some, like Gorham, got carried away for they created five different weight categories. For all manufacturers I know about, the "T" weight was called "trade weight". Generally, trade weight as among the lightest of the weights manufactured.
How much difference are we talking about? I can't say exactly but I can give you some relative weights. For a teaspoon of roughly 5 7/8 inches, the heaviest made might be 30 grams or so. The lightest might be 20 grams. These are rough estimates but you get the idea. A light teaspoon and a heavier teaspoon might look the same when sitting side by side on a table. It's only when you pick up both that you notice a weight difference.
All the pieces are sterling; it's in the casting dies that make the difference. Perhaps the handle or bowl of the spoon is slightly thinner in the lighter spoons.
Again, I can't say with certainty that this is what your "T" means. But, I'm comfortable guessing.
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QUESTION: Thank you so much for your quick and knowledgeable response.
Just to add that the weight of 44grams seems to be equal to the same identical flatware (without the T mark) sold on eBay. Adding another layer of mystery to the mix.
Thanks for the additional info.
Weight still might be the answer. Weight marks were discontinued eventually by most, maybe all, manufacturers as the practice of making pieces with different weights stopped. So, if Wallace settled on 44 grams as the standard weight and did not deviate, the "T" was no longer necessary.