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Is this a Swastika on this piece or does the symbol mean something else and if it is a Swastika would it have been something made for Germany before the war?  Any help here would be appreciated.
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Hello.

This might be a date mark indicating year of manufacture. Here is an example of date marks used by Stieff Company: http://www.thestieffcompany.com/The_Stieff_Company/Date_Marks_and_Year_Differenc . You can see that the swastika represented 1928.

Bailey Banks & Biddle might have used something similar. It's also possible that they retailed pieces made by Stieff. It was once common for retailers to put their own names on pieces actually made by other companies.

That's my best guess.

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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