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The earliest silversmiths in the colonies used their initials.

The shield shape varies, and a minimum of two initials must be included. When you create your punch with us, you join a register of makers stretching back centuries. The shape of the surrounding shield indicates metal type.

In the Gold Fineness mark, 375 is 9 carat, 585 is 14 carat, 750 is 18 carat and 916 is 22 carat.

This silver content tarnishes more slowly than sterling.

Sterling silver is the standard for beautiful, high quality silver jewelry being over 90% pure silver mixed with alloys to add strength and durability. Sterling silver is 92.5% (925 parts) pure silver and 7.5% (75 parts) alloy metal.

If the king’s head faces right, it was made before 1850. The word STERLING indicates Ireland as well as America.

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