Leonard Silver produced a wide range of silverplated pieces from 1969 to the early 1980s. Although each piece carried a Leonard hallmark, the designs sometimes varied. Being aware of those variations makes it easier to confirm that a piece of silverplate is Leonard Silver.
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The most common hallmark for Leonard Silver shows the name "Leonard" in script with "Silverplate" or "Silver Plate." It resembles the company's logo, which also featured "Leonard" in script. The registration for this trademark was filed June 24, 1985 but has since expired.
Sometimes a country of manufacture, such as Spain or Italy, also appears with the script hallmark. In addition, "Leonard" and "Silver Plate" may appear in plain print. Other variations of the hallmark may exist on different product lines that emerged over time, especially after Leonard Silver joined Towle Manufacturing Co. in 1979.
Visit online auctions and antique sellers, where merchants often include photographs of hallmarks, to get familiar with the variations of Leonard Silver hallmarks. Examine silver in person at antique malls and flea markets.
The name "Leonard" also appears on some pieces of Reed and Barton silver beginning in 1837. "Leonard, Reed, and Barton" was phased out in the 1840s after Charles Leonard, a financial partner, sold his shares. Consequently, the "Leonard" on Reed and Barton silver has nothing to do with Leonard Silver Company.
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