Jul 07, 2013, 02:25 AM
e.p zinc made italy??..
hey guys found this set and was wondring if its worth anything? looks pretty old and i cant seem to find anything on the net about how much its worth. i just know its supposed to be silver plated and about 30 years old.
Jul 07, 2013 02:25 AM
Jul 08, 2013, 01:37 PM
What you have is Electroplated Zinc silverware. Which means they first made the utensils with zinc and then plated them with silver. This has been done since the mid-1800's to keep the cost of the silverware down.
That said, this collection is not going to be anywhere near as valuable as silverware made of Sterling Silver. Even if you wanted to melt it down for the silver value, there is very little actual silver there. You would end up losing money to the cost of the melting process.
Normally, plated utensils such as these are valued between $1 - $5 per utensil. The value depends on the condition, the pattern and how rare or how available they are. In your case, these are fairly modern utensils of a basic design. So the value of the entire collection would probably be somewhere between $50 - $100.
Jul 08, 2013, 11:26 PM
thx , that was a great answer (:
Sep 24, 2013, 09:37 PM
You might want to google Replacements Limited, they can help with pattern names as well as value. Some silverplate and even stainless patterns are worth more than you would think.