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What does this mean? L& EPNS A1 in the back of a spoon and

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What does this mean?
L&B EPNS A1 in the back of a spoon and on the other side
A picture and Z or N
Thank you for your answer!
Johanna from Finland
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It seems to be a crown and below it N
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

The L & B stand for the Sheffield, UK, silversmiths Larder & Burgess. They produced spoons and flatware 1904-1930s.

EPNS represents ElectroPlated Nickel Silver meaning silver plated over a base metal alloy made mostly of nickel.

The term A1 is mostly a marketing ploy meant to indicate that a piece was of superior plating.

The picture, crown and letter are monograms and crests representative of the family that commissioned the pieces.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hello Doris! Thank You so much for your answer! Can you see the photo? Would you have any idea about the family with the crown and N ? There is something above the crown - a cross or something like that... Or could you advise me where to search that kind of information? Thanks again!
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/

This is the College of Arms in England. They can try to research the family for you but please know looking for the exact family is like "looking for a needle in a haystack."

These crests are very common. It's only when there is a full armorial that one has a real chance of finding the name of the family.

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Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

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