Duty Mark:  Used in hallmarking in the United Kingdom and introduced in 1784, it is a mark to show that duty
had been paid on an article of silver at the time of assay.  Used from Dec. 1, 1784, to May 1, 1890.
Deepsilver:  A term applied to silverplate flatware where the points of flatware that
would rest on a table had an extra layer of silver applied to it so that wear would be
less visible.
Date Letter:  Used in hallmarking, it is a stamp assigned by an assay office which represents
the year an item was assayed.
Date Code:  An alpha, numeric, or pictographic system given to a piece by a maker to designate
when an article was made.  Pictured are the date codes used by Gorham in 1930 and 1894.
Die Rolled:  A sheet of metal which has been passed through patterned steel rollers.
Die Cutting/Sinking:  The process by which a pattern or outline of an object is cut out of a piece of steel to form a
“die” from which a quantity of similar articles can be stamped out or impressed.
Dish Cross:  An item for the sideboard, a dish cross is a support of four movable arms
radiating from a central point which contains a well to hold a spirit lamp.  A platter or
bowl of food would then be placed on top, the lamp lit, and food would be kept warm.
Dinner Ware:  See Holloware.
Die Stamping:  The process of stamping metal by the use of a die that forms the design.
Dog-nose Spoon:  A style of spoon handle that came after the Trefid spoon, giving way to smoother
lines.  Dog-nose spoons were produced c. 1690-1715.
Dish Ring:  A circular stand used to elevate and support hot serving dishes and to protect the
surface of the table or sideboard.  Also called a potato ring.
Dot Repoussé:  Repoussé work made in the form of dots massed together to form a pattern or design.
Ductile:  Capable of being drawn out or hammered thin.
Dutch Silver:  Silverware imported from Holland.  Generally, it is very decorative and cast of silver metal very
much lower than the sterling standard.
Drop:  An extension used on the underside of a spoon's bowl to strengthen the join between the
bowl and the handle.  The drop may also help prevent wear to the bowl.
Dinner Bell:  A small bell used to announce dinner being served.
Decanter:  A bottle with matching stopper used to decant, hold, and serve wine and spirits.  Usually
made of glass or crystal, many examples of decanters have decorative silver mounts.
Dessert Service:  A set of specialized dessert plates, comports, sweet sauce tureens, etc. for serving and eating
desserts.  Beginning around 1750, it became fashionable to have a special service for dessert, separate from the
dinner service, sometimes to the extreme of setting a separate table for dessert.  The practice died out by the end
of the 19th century.
Duty Dodger:  An item of silver that has been given false or deceitful marks in order for an unscrupulous
silversmith to escape paying duty.
Dredger:  See Caster.
Drip Stand:  A stand with an attached underplate onto which a used teaball or spout strainer is
set, the underplate catching the drips.
Dollars:  A mark occasionally seen on silver meaning the item was made with
melted down silver dollars.  Has the same meaning as coin silver.
Die:  An engraved steel stamp used to impress a design.  The die shown at right is of a sheaf of
wheat, the pattern of which started showing up on flatware around 1825.
Diaper:  A pattern of contiguous diamonds.
Darning Egg:  An egg shape tool of wood, porcelain, or stone, sometimes with a
silver handle used to darn socks.  The darning egg is inserted into the toe or heel
of a sock, allowing the knitted fabric to retain its shape during repair.
Decanter Label:  See Bottle Ticket.
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Dip Pen:  A pen with a nib end for use with an inkwell.
Drip Ring:  A felt lined circular ring, with or without a hinge, which is placed upon the neck of
a wine bottle to catch any drips.
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