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    Jul 2006
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    Towle Silver serving tray...Is it actually silver?

    I picked this up at an Estate sale for $10. It weighs 7.35 ounces. It doesn't stick to a magnet and doesn't seem to have any silver flaking off or anything. What do you guys think?










    -Paul

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    Feb 2009
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    Re: Towle Silver serving tray...Is it actually silver?

    Looks like a covered butter dish plate:

    http://www.rubylane.com/shops/bcestatesales/item/295
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  3. #3
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    Jul 2006
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    Re: Towle Silver serving tray...Is it actually silver?

    Hmm...Same design, but mine doesn't say plated...



    -Paul

  4. #4
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    Feb 2009
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    Re: Towle Silver serving tray...Is it actually silver?

    What are the letters below towle?

    If EP then might be electro plated.

  5. #5
    us
    Jul 2006
    Sarasota, FL
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    Re: Towle Silver serving tray...Is it actually silver?

    Good question. I have no idea. I'm hoping someone here does. Lol




    -Paul

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    Re: Towle Silver serving tray...Is it actually silver?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coinkid
    I picked this up at an Estate sale for $10. It weighs 7.35 ounces. It doesn't stick to a magnet and doesn't seem to have any silver flaking off or anything. What do you guys think?

    -Paul
    Silver plate will not "flake off" unless its pot metal underneath. The better silverplate is brass and you should be able to see the brass underneath if it wears off. Silver over copper/brass will not stick to a magnet. You could test a wear spot or scratch with Nitric Acid to see if the copper in the brass turns green.

    Silver is usually marked with nothing, 925, 825, 800, 750, 935, etc or STERLING. My guess is silverplate. I hope Im wrong.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2009
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    Re: Towle Silver serving tray...Is it actually silver?

    Here is a towle with marking EP:

    http://www.goantiques.com/detail,but...e,1626459.html

    Still a neat find for $10

  8. #8
    us
    Jul 2006
    Sarasota, FL
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    Re: Towle Silver serving tray...Is it actually silver?

    Thanks guys. I think that indiscernible marking below Towle might be EP. Oh well...



    -Paul

  9. #9
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    Dec 2004
    South Florida
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    Re: Towle Silver serving tray...Is it actually silver?

    Quote Originally Posted by IronSpike
    Here is a towle with marking EP:

    http://www.goantiques.com/detail,but...e,1626459.html

    Still a neat find for $10
    Old Towle Manuf. Co. Silversmiths made Sterling but the mark is different.


    http://www.925-1000.com/ax_towle.html


    I think IP nailed it.

 

 

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