Maltese Cross On the Elkington plate


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Jon Brockman

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does anyone have any firm proof of what the maltese cross stamped into some of the WSL Elkington plate items means? i have heard various different stories, 2nd class, sold off items etc......?
 
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I could be mistaken, but I doubt that it means anything save for decoration or a trademark embellishment. Some stories become larger then life after awhile, but even Sigmund Freud acknowladged that sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
 

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Hi Michael, its not a decoration or trademark, it denotes something, it is a well known talking point amongst collectors, maybe its just an unknown!
 

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I had heard it was used on WSL silver plate items on WSL vessels during wartime service.

No idea if this is actually correct or not.

Steve Santini
 

Jon Brockman

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Hi steve, Interesting, ive not heard that theory before, im tending to lean towards that the WSL used the some of the same cutlery Etc in first and second class and the cross denotes the second class items as i dont know of any items that are specifically second class.
 
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