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I have six little sterling silver spoons, possibly demitasse, approx. 4.5" long.  Front has cluster of grapes/grape leaves with grape leaves on the reverse.  Backside has following markings:  

Pat. 4-10-06  (obviously 1906 not 2006)
1851 above a world held up by a crossing of a spoon, fork, knife
what appears to be a.s.c or a.b.c under that marking

Would you be able to identify these markings.  
Thank you.


The mark is, I think, from American Silver Co., created in 1901 as a successor to Holmes & Tuttle Mfg. Co. and Bristol Brass & Clock Co. It was located in Bristol, CT, and was sold to International Silver in 1935.

Look at the Moselle pattern on this page to see if it matches: .

Hope this helps.


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