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Hello,

I have a set of Paul Storr silverware, circa 1817. One of the forks has gone missing and in trying to find a replacement, I can find the same pattern, but only from a different year, with a date letter marking of 'a' instead of the 'b' that would match my set. If I 'complete' my set with this different piece, will the mismatch adversely affect the overall value of the set?

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Hello.

I cannot give you a definite answer but I can offer some thoughts.

Some "purists" may object to a set with mixed years. However, I do not think the overall value will be greatly affected. Of more importance are matching style, weight, condition etc.

I recommend getting a second opinion.

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)

Education/Credentials
BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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