Forbes Silver Platter
Forbes Silver Co was founded in 1894 as a division of the Meriden Britania Co., in Meriden Connecticut, one of the original companies that formed the International Silver Co. This platter is 14 1/2" diameter and signed three times: "Forbes Silver", "quadruple", and "95". The lower the number, the earlier the pattern, the more valuable the piece. The mark dates this piece to 1896 or prior, since the Meriden Britania Co stopped making quadruple plate at that time. The 95 is a pattern designation indicating this is one of the earlier original Forbes patterns, with the numbers eventually reaching into the thousands. This platter has been lovingly stored, however does show signs of surface wear.