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Doris, Personal Property Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years.Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have a piece of silver with the makers mark L & W. There

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I have a piece of silver with the maker's mark L & W. There is also a date mark which is an "S". There are no other marks.
Known to have been given as a wedding present at the beginning of the 20th century.

Am curious to know who the maker was. Can you help?

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.

I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.

Along with that experience, I also rely on an extensive personal library of reference books plus access to the results from major auction houses.

I will be pleased to help you. I am a silver specialist.

Iam going to need a photo of your marks to identify the maker/time period.

These are the ways to send me photos:

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I look forward to seeing your photos.

Kind regards,



Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Silver mark Hope this is clear enough.


Your photo may show on your computer but it did not come through the JA system.

Please contact customer service [email protected] and they will guide you through the process of sending photos through the system.

I look forward to seeing them.

Kind regards,
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

silver mark


Thank you for the photo of your mark.

After some time researching, I found the mark to be that of George Shadford Lee & Henry Wigfull of Sheffield, England.
They entitled their firm - "Manufacturing Silversmith, Electro Plater and Britannia Metal Smith."
The "S" does not represent a date letter. It is merely part of their mark to distinguish their wares from other makers with marks "L&W."

Your mark was used on their electroplated silver goods while they were active 1879-1898.

Electroplating from Sheffield makers is not "Old Sheffield Plate." Old sheffield plate was formed by a different handmade process approximately 1740-1850s.

I hope this helps you better understand your piece of history.

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