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I have a silver tray that is stamped with Hamon Silver Manufacturing Company. It has numbers on it that read 1187/15 with an anchor symbol. Below that is a cup symbol and says special metal. Can you tell me anything about this plate?


I have not run across the "Hamon" name on any silver pieces. There was a company called "Homan". It existed under several different names between 1847 and 1941 in Cincinnati. Sometimes, they included an anchor in their marks. They also included a plain cup on some pieces. If this follows the general practice in the industry, "1187" may be the model or catalog number and "15" may relate to the size. "Special metal" has no standard meaning in the industry. When I see a term like this, I usually consider the piece to be made of silver plate or perhaps it contains no silver at all. Here's an article on the subject:

Several Homan platters or trays have sold on eBay recently. The price ranged between $6 and $40 with most clustering in the $10 to $20 range.

Hope this helps.


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