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Doris, Personal Property Appraiser
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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
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It seems to be a crown and below it N

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 1 year 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!

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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