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Hallmark - 964 silver?


#1

My husband bought a small creamer at the local thrift store. It’s
marked “Reed&Barton,”“964,” has an hourglass hallmark, and a capital
"A" surrounded by a capital “C”.

I’m particularly curious about the “964” marking, as I assume it’s a
silver creamer, but couldn’t find anything about this designation
online.

Can anyone educate me on this?
Linda Gasparini


#2
I'm particularly curious about the "964" marking, as I assume it's
a silver creamer, but couldn't find anything about this designation
online. 

My guess is that it’s a style number, not a metal quality mark.
Check to see if the creamer is actually silver plate, rather than
sterling silver, which is what one would expect.

Peter


#3

964 is a pattern line for Reed & Barton silver plated hollowware

Dorothy


#4

Dear Linda

If its not bogus it could be the Britannia mark for silver 958,
applied from 1696 to 1720. When all silver holloware was required to
be of a higher standard than coinage which was 925 (Sterling) This
was done to stop unscrupulous artisans melting the coinage down.
Usually there is a stamp with the image of Britannia on it. Can’t
think of anything else.

Regards
Hamish


#5

Linda, Replacements Ltd. says it is a pattern number. They show a
picture of it also.Item#: 253986 — Manufacturer Status:
Discontinued Pattern: 964 (SILVERPLATE, HOLLOWWARE) by REED & BARTON
SILVER, Holloware, Silverplate [RDS964]

Pattern #: 964 Description: SILVERPLATE, HOLLOWWARE ONLY

jeanette


#6

Linda, I think you will find that is the pattern number. Barbara,
with tired shoulders after planting a 7 foot plum tree in the garden.


#7

Just a thought but the “964” might refer to a design number rather
than an alloy.

Roger


#8

The pitcher is silver plated. 964 refers to the model or design
number.


#9

Hello Linda,

You have a plated creamer (you didn’t mention a sterling, .925,
925/100 quality mark). The hourglass signifies the date the piece was
made: 1953. Not sure about the “AC”. By the way, none of these marks
are hallmarks. A hallmark is a designation given by an assay office
on the purity of the metal. More on hallmarks, housemarks, and
maker’s marks can be found here:

http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep7z7c

Jeff Herman
http://wwww.hermansilver.com


#10

Linda,

The 964 mark is most likely the design or pattern number for that
piece and not the metal fineness.

Greg DeMark
http://www.natureinspiredjewelry.com


#11

Thanks to all who responded to my inquiry concerning the little
silver creamer - which was identified by various folk as silver
plated, and the curious “964” mark as the pattern number. It was
quite educational.

Linda
SacredHorseRanch.com