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I have a teaspoon marked with a script "N.P.R." on the handle. I'm curious if this would be from a Northern Pacific Railway dining car. I was able to find a ladle being sold on Etsy of the exact same silverplate pattern -- Winthrop, Gorham, 1896 -- that is marked "S.P. & S. Ry", and that person is selling it as a piece from the Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway. I believe they are correct in their assumption the ladle came from that railway.

I think it would be quite a coincidence if my teaspoon of the exact same pattern would not be a railway piece, but I am interested to see what the experts say.

I have posted photos.


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A few searches didn't bring up anything solid. Northern Pacific seems reasonable enough. Typically they would mark stuff N P Ry. But that doesn't mean there weren't exceptions, and I make no claims to any knowledge on their silverware.

One clarification, though you may already realize this. It says "Patented 1896", but that is a general patent date, not the date this specific piece was produced. It can't be earlier than 1896 obviously, but could be later.

Some of the pieces include date marks, but if yours has one, I'm not seeing it. The anchor mark is consistent over the years.



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Thank you for the reply. Yes, you are correct on the patent date vs issue date on silverplate flatware. A prominent silverware vendor, Replacements, shows the pattern as discontinued, but does not have a discontinued year -- they sometimes do. It would be interesting to know this date.

My hope is that this teaspoon is from the Northern Pacific Railway, but unfortunately, I'm still not 100% convinced -- maybe 80% :)



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I just ran across this image of a page from a 1911 Gorham catalog showing the Winthrop pattern (Sterlingflatwarefashions website), so we know it was still available at least through 1911.


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I thought I posted this earlier, but apparently it didn't go through. So I'll try again. I found a Gorham silverplate sugar bowl with cover that recently sold on a popular auction site that has the exact same script N.P.R. on the bottom. The seller sold it as being from the Northern Pacific Railway. I contacted the seller and asked how they knew it was indeed from the Northern Pacific, and they said they got the piece from a collector and it matched other sugar bowls they had seen. I have attached an image of the auction.

So that being said, I am a little more sure of my teaspoon being from the Northern Pacific now.

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