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  1. John H.
    John H. March 18, 2018 at 5:54 pm | | Reply

    The images you provide for the Queen’s and Hourglass patterns are the same. Otherwise, thank you for this informative article.

    1. AC Silver
      AC Silver March 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm | | Reply

      HI John, This will be resolved tomorrow. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  2. christina Vanderchys
    christina Vanderchys May 21, 2020 at 6:46 am | | Reply

    I have an old silver Kings set. It has a small stamp on the back. Not sure if its silver plated or sterling. Any way of telling the difference. There is no 925 written. Strangely does not have the shell on the back of the spoon but on the handle yes.

    1. AC Silver
      AC Silver August 11, 2020 at 8:04 am | | Reply

      To get your silverware tested I would advise you contact a local working jewellers who may have the facility to test metal type and quality.
      Not all pieces will have a pattern to the heel, there have been many variants of these classing patterns made.

  3. Clive sparling
    Clive sparling October 15, 2020 at 10:16 pm | | Reply

    Thank you so much for the information given here. The differences between kings and queens pattern are explained well and add much interest to your pieces. Your teaching on different features of the silver and jewellery world are much appreciated and enjoyed.

  4. Brendan
    Brendan February 8, 2021 at 10:22 am | | Reply

    Hi there, I have a set of Vintage Kings Sheffield silverplate tea spoons which seem to be a little different than the standard diamond heel design, are you able to send me an email address so I can forward you a picture or two so as to help me date the set?

    1. AC Silver
      AC Silver February 22, 2021 at 12:40 pm | | Reply

      Hi Brendan, we don’t offer that service however the below may help




  5. Howard
    Howard June 30, 2021 at 1:12 am | | Reply

    Thank you so much for the clarity of your descriptions and photos. I thought I had a Kings pattern but now see it is the Queens.
    I still have further difficulty in determining the maker and year with perhaps James Dixon and & Son(s) being likely. Also there appears to be a monogram engraved on the front which I’d like to know about.
    Thanks again.

    1. Jack Mcleod
      Jack Mcleod July 1, 2021 at 8:24 am | | Reply

      Glad you found this useful

      For hallmark identification the following sites may provide an insight:


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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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