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Hello Jim - I have a bread plate with the marking RW&S, sterling, 2899 x 7. Also with a stag's head between the W and &. I am interested in finding out more about it because the pattern on the edge is geese in front of a fence. Seems unusual for a bread plate - could this be a baby's plate? I also have a sterling fork with a goose head handle. Any info you have is appreciated - thanks!

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Hello.

I don't have any info on the pieces you mentioned. Based on the model number and the type of trademark, I assume they were made in the late 19th century or early 20th century.  I did find several places where a bread plate with model number 2899 was mentioned but the associated pictures seemed to indicate a smooth edge with no design. Perhaps you are correct that this is a child's plate.

The length of the fork could be a clue. A "baby fork" is usually about four inches long. A "youth fork" is often around six inches long. You might scan the patterns for Wallace here to see if you can find a match: http://sterlingflatwarefashions.com/Patterns/1Pattern.html .

Sorry I could not help any more.

Best wishes,

Jim

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Jim Stringer

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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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