A silver object that is to be sold commercially is, in most countries, stamped with one or more silver hallmarks indicating the purity of the silver, the mark of the manufacturer or silversmith, and other (optional) markings to indicate date of manufacture and additional information about the piece.
In some countries, the testing of silver objects and marking of purity is controlled by a national assayer's office.
It established strict standards for the combination of marks required by law to identify the origin and age of silver made in the UK: -The Standard Mark indicated the purity of the silver -The City Mark identified the city in which the piece was made -The Date Letter identified the year in which it was made -The Duty Mark proved that the duty had been paid -The Maker’s Mark identified the silversmith who created the piece Each European country has its unique hallmarks so there are literally thousands of silver hallmarks on record.
Period European flatware has set records at auction.
quickly became the most highly prized and luxurious of all Tiffany patterns.
If your answer is NO you may still want to review the manufacturers trademarks to see if there is a match.
It is possible that your pattern is silverplate and not actual sterling silver.
To further muddle matters, companies such as American silver giant Reed & Barton made the same patterns in both silver plate and sterling silver, which, again, makes dating a particular piece of flatware difficult.
For collectors, the functionality of a piece of flatware is sometimes the most important consideration, especially if that functionality is archaic or obsolete. Aspic slicers were designed exclusively for calves-foot jelly, cucumber and tomato-slice servers resembled tiny slotted hand mirrors, spinach forks had three wide-spaced tines to spear mounds of boiled spinach, and leaf-shaped ice cream ladles were meant to be used with a matching, dull knife—little wonder this combo was replaced by the ice cream scoop.