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My tea set
My tea set  
I recently bought this tea set from the Salvation Army here in my town, it looks old and has some interesting marks on it. They read: S. P. Brass, BM Spout, and Lead Mts 9976. Also what appears to be a "b w" on some sort of crest on it too. I would really appreciate your input!
Thanks so much

Shylee Ann Agnew

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Hello.

This looks like a very nice set and should bring you lots of joy. I'm afraid I can't tell you much about it.

The "S. P. Brass" probably means "Silver Plate over Brass". I see nothing that would indicate sterling. "9976" probably is a model number for the pattern. This is purely a guess but I wonder if "BM" stands for "Britannia metal" with silver plate on the surface. That is a stretch on my part but it's possible. "Lead mts" relates to the soldering process. The "b w" probably represents the manufacturer but I do not know who it is.

Best wishes,

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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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

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BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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