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  1. #1
    us
    Oct 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Garrett AT PRO, Garrett THD Pinpointer
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    Metal Detecting

    how can you tell if something is pure silver, or just silver plated?

    Just curious to know if there was an easy way to tell the difference between silver and silver plated?
    I have been to a few garage sales and found some silver spoons and tea sets, but have been hesitant to purchase them.

    What is the average price for a small silver spoon (3"), if marked sterling or 925?

    I am a newbie at this, so i would appreciate any info.

  2. #2
    us
    Jul 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Whites, MXT.
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    Re: how can you tell if something is pure silver, or just silver plated?


    Most U.S. silver if sterling , will be designated STERLING - in addition to a makers mark . I should
    qualify this by saying that very early American silver , may be marked coin , or just have a series
    of marks more in keeping with English and European marks - which tend to have several incuse
    shield shapes onto which are stamped ; city marks , makers marks, quality mark (sterling/other)
    monarch profile . Hope this helps - on line searches of old silver/hallmarks , will bring you up to
    speed fairly quickly on the necessary info regarding silver hallmarks -domestic and foreign.
    Argentium.

 

 

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