I have a antique silver serving spoon that has a hallmark of "S.M". Any idea who the manufacturer may be? I was told it was Japanese late 19th Century/early 20th Century.
Japanese Hallmarks & American Hallmarks
Hi and thanks for choosing Just Answer.Are there any other marks on them?Thanks,Diana
No other marks.
Would it help if I send you a picture of the serving spoon in question.
If the answer is yes, how would I send the picture to you?
I bought the serving spoon on ebay. If you want I could attempt to send you the info from the ebay site.
Hi Kal.You can send a photo one of these ways, or you can just send me the info from Ebay (or the item # XXXXX you remember it).Here are a few different methods to send pictures:1) In this message box, you will see a little paper clip at the top. Click it.Then click on browse and another box will open up. Click on browse in that box. This will take you to the photos on your computer.Click on the one you want to send. Double click on the image.You'll be taken back to the upload box. Click OK. You'll be taken back to your original box.Click Insert and you should be able to see the picture in the message area before you send it to me. ____________________________________________________________________________________Here's a different method that we have good results with if you want to try it:2. TinyPic is a good place to upload photos. You do have to have the images saved on your computer, but you can upload photos without having to register or give them any information.1) Go to www.tinypic.com2) The first thing you'll see is an upload page.3) Click on "Browse".4) Choose the image you want to upload.5) Make sure the file type chosen is "Image".6) In the "Resize" box, leave it as "default".7) Click "Upload Now".You'll see a verification box pop up. Just type in the words it shows and click "upload now". It might take a few minutes to upload.Once it does, you'll be given 4 different viewing options.Just copy either the addresses in the "URL for E-Mail & IM" and paste the link into the message box. It should look something like this: http://tinypic.com/r/2myuh/7____________________________________________________3) This method seems to be one of the favorites:Go to http://www.imgur.com. 1. Click "Computer". 2. Double click the image you want to upload. 3. Click "Start Upload". 4. When the image appears on your screen, just copy the link from that page and paste it on this page.As a last resort, you can email them:Email the pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. They have to be sent from the same email address that you used to sign up for Just Answer (which is usually the email address you use to Log In). It has to be the same email address or JA won't recognize it and they'll just delete them. Make sure you tell them that you've tried everything and that you're trying to get pictures to me (DianaF) in antiques and give them your screen (customer) name and your real name.~Diana
Let's try the following.
Go to ebay.com and enter the following code # XXXXX the search screen: 390336311387.
Hopefully, pictures of the serving spoon should come up.
If this does not work, please let me know and I will use one of the suggested methods you advised me of.
Good luck to us.
Hi Kal.Thanks.I got it. Let me see what I can find. I don't believe it's Japanese. Those usually have some sort of Kanji mark, but I'll check.Diana
Hi Kal.I've been over every marker's mark I have. I actually think it's British. Normally English silver is fully marked----a lion, city mark, maker's mark, etc., but if you go back on extremely old pieces, it is possible to find pieces that were just marked with maker's mark. It looks like the mark of Samuel Meriton, who was a silversmith in London during the mid 1700s. Here are two variatons of his mark: That's very similar to yours and the age would explain why other marks might be missing. There was another SM mark belonging to Sampson Mordan, but his intiials look more 'bubbly'. Without sterling mark (the words sterling or a walking lion passat mark) I can't say for sure it's sterling. Given the age and quality, it's very likely that it's sterling. The craftsmanship is amazing. Based ornate servers, ladles, spoons, etc. from that time compared to Meriton's other pieces, the asking price isn't bad. It would likely have a current secondary market value in the range of about $750 to $850.I hope this helps.If I can be of any further help or if you have anymore questions, don't hesitate to contact me. If there is a problem with my answer, please contact me before leaving any neutral or negative feedback. I want to make sure you're satisfied. Please click accept and one of the smiles if I have been of any help, since this is the only way we are compensated by JA. Thanks and have a great night!Diana
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