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I have 2 large serving spoons with BB&H EP A1(in a shield

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I have 2 large serving spoons with BB&H EP A1(in a shield type box)cay you identify them for me?
Many thanks
Shelagh
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  ExpertAppraiser replied 1 month ago.

Thanks for the question, Shalagh.

Based on the description it might be Barker Brothers (see: http://www.silvercollection.it/ENGLBARKERBROS.html) in absence of a photo, you may want to check out this site that has a very comprehensive listing of silverplate and silver stamps, see also: http://www.silvercollection.it/englishsilvermarksXB.html

The EP stands for electroplated, and the A1 also indicates that it may be plated. British electroplaters used a letter code for their "Plated" wares. The best quality was "A1" or "AI", lower level was "A", next level was "B", followed by level "C", and the lowest level was "D".
A1 (or AI)= Superior Quality = 32 grams on 12 pieces = 2 2/3 grams per table spoon or table fork.

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Expert:  ExpertAppraiser replied 1 month ago.

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