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William Adams Silver


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Hello from the USA. Thank you for allowing me to join this forum.
I have acquired two silver trays. I am trying to trace the year of manufacture, history, value and material makeup of these pieces. I believe they were made by William Adams by the hallmark. (see pictures below) according to what I have found but have hit a wall after that. Both are marked England. I have had one of them tested for silver but the "expert" was unable to determine the material. This tray measures 22 - 1/2" long (handle to handle) by 8 -1/2" wide. It weighs 72.9 ozt. Any additional information is greatly appreciated.



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welcome to the forum...it seems there was a william adams silversmith working in barr street birmingham...the thread below maybe of interest to you



The buck stops here
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Found this
Founded in 1865 by William Adams, the firm was active in Birmingham and New York. Much of its production was exported, especially to the United States. The McKinley Tariff Act of 1890 made mandatory the indication of the country of origin on products imported into the USA. From 1921 was mandatory the indication "MADE IN..." (but makers introduced this practice since the early 1910s).
From left to right the evolution of William Adams' mark:
ENGLAND, 1890s
GREAT BRITAIN (an unusual mark), possibly 1890s-early 1900s
MADE IN ENGLAND, after 1920