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  1. Mary Anne Voorhees
    Mary Anne Voorhees June 17, 2021 at 1:40 am | | Reply

    Hello,
    I’m looking for information about why / when was it popular for script engraving on silver trays?
    I bought some silver plated trays at a yard sale and when I cleaned them one appears to be solid silver with elaborate script engraving 3 initials. beautiful grapes and grapevine pattern engraved in the field of the tray around the initials. and a boarder on the tray of stylized grape leaves and feet that are grape clusters. A wedding gift?

    there is a small triangular stamp with 3 initials P.H.K. and 2 light tiny stamps WOOD & HUGH.
    Not Hughes but maybe the es didn’t get pounded in deeply enough? Its an interesting and beautiful tray.

    1. Jack Mcleod
      Jack Mcleod July 1, 2021 at 8:54 am | | Reply

      Hi Mary,

      In terms of when there was no set date they become popular. People didn’t just use engraving for weddings, it could be used to mark family silver, or even christenings. There is also retirement gifts and promotion gifts. In terms of the depth of the mark all pieces are struck differently, some deeper than others.

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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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