How to Identify Your Antique Sterling Butter Knife

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If your antique butter knife no longer has any mates to compare it to, it's still possible to figure out what you have. Replacement sterling silver cutlery dealers with searchable databases feature many images to which you can compare your knife; check the knife for stamped markings first to help figure out its manufacturer and potential age.

Check the Markings

  • Inspect the knife closely to find markings that indicate its manufacturer. Some manufacturers list a full name, while others list initials or symbols instead. Use a magnifying glass if it is hard to read the stamped markings. If you have any other cutlery from the same set, check those pieces as well -- some pieces may be more clearly marked than others. Compare the stamped words, letters or images against charts on silver collectors' websites to determine the piece's maker. Once you know the maker, you can figure out the pattern as well.

Pattern Identification

  • Scroll through lists of pattern names on replacement-cutlery websites once you've determined the knife's maker. Compare images from the online databases with your own knife, noting the size of the knife as well. If you're unable to determine the maker and pattern on your own, send images to a replacement cutlery service that welcomes such inquiries.

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