This is sterling silverware that was passed down to me by my grandmother.
My grandmother died when I was 12 years old. Before she died, my grandmother gave the silverware to my mother and told her to give it to me when I got older. I feel very touched that she was thinking of me when I was so young.
I am thinking of selling the silverware because it is sterling silver and I have student loans to pay off... also, I don't really need to eat with real silver, right? They have been tucked away in a bag ever since my grandmother died, and probably for a long time before that...
The "F" stands for Fleming, which is not my last name, but it was the last name of my grandmother's ancestors. I believe these pieces of silverware are either 109 or 209 years old because the back says they were patented in '05, but not which century... I was led to believe they are quite old so I am optimistic that it's 209 because it would make them worth more when I try selling them (>.<)
She also handed down a set of 6 forks with a different pattern on the handles... I am thinking of keeping the 6 forks from the other pattern so that I keep at least part of our heirloom silverware to pass down myself. Not sure yet.