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I have 2 grapevine candlesticks a little over 5" tall.  On the bottom of both they are stamped MADE E.P.B. Spain.  On the bottom of one there are what I believe are the letters LIMSTRE.  

I know that E.P.B is a form of silverplate.  Can you describe what that means?  Also any idea about the LIMSTRE - a make name, a city or region name perhaps?

Thanks for your help


I'm afraid I don't know much here. The "EP" means "electroplated". The "B" might mean "brass" or "Britannia metal" or something else. Britannia metal is an alloy used in making pieces like this and was often electroplated with a coat of silver.

Limestre is a community in Italy. I cannot say if that is what is referenced here. I believe it's safe to say the pieces were made in Spain.

It looks like some of the plating has worn off so the value probably is not great.

Sorry I could not help much.

Best wishes,


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