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What are some distinctive silver plate marks?

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A common silver plate mark is a cherub loading a bow with an arrow within the outline of a shield, which identifies John Grinsell & Son marks. Three crowns represent the Three Crowns Silversmith mark.

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Silver marks are divided into several categories, including pictorial marks and initial marks. The marks represent each individual smith or smithing company, and they act as a brand or a logo to denote the smith's work. The marks range in their symbolism and presentation. Some silversmiths choose a simple letter for their mark, while others choose complex insignias and patterns that appear as works of art on their own.

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