Featured Two 'finds' and a Question

Discussion in 'Silver' started by Potteryplease, Feb 21, 2024.

  1. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    I got these two Gorham serving pieces for $5 each. Score!

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    And then my question is about this separate butter knife: marked WH & S and then two more marks. Just under 8" long.

    Thank you for any comments.

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  2. silvermakersmarks

    silvermakersmarks Well-Known Member

    The butter knife is English electroplate, made by the Sheffield company William Hutton & Sons. The 2 poorly defined letters on the right of the mark are B P for Britannia Plate (i.e. electroplated Britannia metal, where Britannia metal is a base metal alloy akin to nickel silver).
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  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I thought that was a fish knife ?
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  4. Matahari

    Matahari Well-Known Member

  5. Finnclouds

    Finnclouds Well-Known Member

    Fish knives aren’t usually curved/rounded.
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  6. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    The Gorham is Chantilly, their most popular pattern.

  7. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Thank you kindly, folks!
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  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Mine are. But this one has a bend in it, which is what butter knives often have.
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  9. Finnclouds

    Finnclouds Well-Known Member

    Mine aren’t. None of mine are.

    Edit. I mean, this looks like the blade is actually
    convex as if for carving out butter.
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  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Yours may not be, and that is fine, but you can't say "none of them are" if several people here have rounded fish knives with a curved top.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2024
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  11. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  12. Finnclouds

    Finnclouds Well-Known Member

    I already edited my answer to clarify I didn’t mean ALL fish knives but all that I own.

    And that I didn’t mean the blade curving up but it being convex.

    Edited for spelling mistakes.
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  13. Matahari

    Matahari Well-Known Member

    if this is an 8 inch butter knife

    how big is the butter dish ? fun.gif
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  14. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Those fish knives are cute-like little scimitars.Heaven forbid-we don't even own a fish knife,not even one.
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  15. Finnclouds

    Finnclouds Well-Known Member

    Here is a screenshot from a Wikipedia page for butter knives

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    Edit. Not that it makes much of a difference in price for this item.

    I have some pairs of 100 plus minus years old fish knives I bought for a song years ago when no one was buying them. I don’t ever use them, just admire.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2024
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  16. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is one of those superfluous but fun 19th century inventions. I thought them fun, but they were frowned upon by my (posh) elderly relatives who thought the concept too bourgeois.:hilarious:
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  17. Matahari

    Matahari Well-Known Member

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  18. Finnclouds

    Finnclouds Well-Known Member

    One pair of my fish knives

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  19. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    I didn't expect a knife fight when I got up this morning. I will go get my gun.......
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  20. Finnclouds

    Finnclouds Well-Known Member

    I have a feeling I’d better run… you guys are too quick to shoot.
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