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Q: My silver syrup pitcher with an undertray is marked “Quadruple/Van Bergh S.P. Co., Rochester, N.Y.” Can you tell me something about the maker and age of my pitcher?

A: Van Bergh Silver Plate Co. was founded by brothers Frederick and Maurice Van Bergh in Rochester, N.Y., in 1892. It became part of Oneida in 1926 and moved to Oneida, N.Y. Your syrup pitcher is quadruple-plate silver, which means it was plated with four times the amount of silver as standard silver plate. Syrup pitchers were popular in the late 1890s.

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