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A fork is identified J Wiss & Sons and also has number "12." What is the significance of the "12"?


J. Wiss was known more for manufacturing scissors and shears. So, I'm guessing J. Wiss & Sons Jewelers was the original retailer for your fork and the manufacturer was some other company. I don't know what the "12" represents. It's not a standard silver industry mark. Just guessing, it might represent a model number or 1912 as year of manufacture. But those truly are just guesses.

Sorry I could not help.

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