This is a page of 'The What is? Birmingham Hallmarks. Silver spoons have also been used to detect poison, particularly in the Korean Joseon Dynasty: For a variety of reasons this practice was not always adhered to and the resulting anomalies can be seen in the tables of marks. Va Vz.
The term "gold spoon" is much less commonly used, but finds occasional use, such as the American Gold Spoon Oration criticizing then-president Martin Van Buren for his supposedly luxurious lifestyle.
Ep Ez. In this case, being known the date letters of Elkington, we can date exactly the two marks. The inclusion of initial stamps alongside the hallmarks means that most makers can also be identified. Aa Az. London Hallmarks. Silver spoonsbecause of their weight and number, were often among the most valuable tangible assets of a middle-class household, and therefore, a traditional target for burglars. For many reasons town silversmiths in Ireland and Scotland seldom sent their plate to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dublin to be assayed.