I have a silver baby cup that I'm looking for information on. It's small, 2.4" in diameter and 2" tall. I think I've identified the maker as Manchester Silver Co from Rhode Island based on the marking on the bottom. Under the mark it says "STERLING" and under that it says "85". How should I interpret these marks? Does the "85" relate to the purity of the silver? It isn't likely to be related to the date of manufacture as the cup is engraved with the name "George" and likely would be from my infancy (1956-57) or possibly my father's (1916). Thanks for any help you can provide!
The "85" probably is a model number. Silver manufacturers often identified patterns or specific pieces with numbers like this. I can't say when it was manufactured except to guess that it was the first half of the 20th century.
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