Do not assume letters are consecutive w/out breaks.Be careful not to confuse date marks an ITEM NUMBERS 1917 was a transition year for date marks.The year opened with the traditional circle with a 17 inside. Date marks were used on STERLING SILVER from 1950, the year P=1950, in this case the P is there to identify the item number relates to Pewter.

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It is common opinion that these marks were used only for small articles, but it is possible to find them on articles of big dimension like coffee pots and cake baskets.

Go to the bottom of the page for flatware age identification Stieff date marks from 1901-1980 This CHART is from the Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks and Makers Marks.

NOTE: FLATWARE IS Note that 1944 skipped over the I as it would look to much like the mark for 1921.

Also skipped over are the Q and V, so be careful when checking dates.

E: between 17 so called marks for "small articles" have been used.

Marks were structured with the crown and the date letter in the same punch.Between 17 a little crown was positioned above the date letter; between 18 a crown of a bigger dimension was positioned on the right side of the date letter.Exceptions are marks for 1834 (date letter on the left side and impressed with its base towards the crown) and 18 (date letter on the right of the crown, and crown impressed with its base toward the letter).normally these high volume types of items were made in large numbers and warehoused for the holiday season.The same can be said of Stieff pewter Jefferson Cups for the most part, although some of them are date marked.Marks on flatware like H, T & M are not date marks.