Beach day…. Gold, silver and plated?

Hunting_Dad

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First gold and silver of the year for me….. mens 14k wedding band and a 925 toe ring.
Also found what i assumed was going to be a junker key chain…. A fork cut and bent to resemble a middle finger with a rusted out split ring. The stem of the fork reads “National Double Tested Silver” and is cut right at the “r” in silver. A quick google search found lots of references for “Nat. Double Tested Silverplate”. Anyone know if it was always “silverplate”? The cut part of the fork stem does not look plated.
 

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First gold and silver of the year for me….. men 14k wedding band and a 925 toe ring.
Also found what i assumed was going to be a junker key chain…. A fork cut and bent to resemble a middle finger with a rusted out split ring. The stem of the fork reads “National Double Tested Silver” and is cut right at the “r” in silver. A quick google searchfound lots of references for “Nat. Double Tested Silverplate”. Anyone know if it was always “silverplate”? The cut part of the fork stem does not look plated.
Very Nice!!!!! Congrats!!!!
 

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Good finds.

The National Silver Company (of New York City) is poorly documented, but from around 1900 they made both sterling silver and silver plated flatware, with some of the patterns from the earlier part of their history made in both metals. Flatware under their own name was discontinued in the late 1950s.

Anything marked ‘Double Tested’ will be silver plated and the mark in full would have read ‘Double Tested Silverplate’. The cut on your fork has coincidentally been made after the ‘r’, so the ‘plate’ part of ‘Silverplate’ is missing. The plating was on ‘white metal’ (nickel silver) with no actual silver content, but it had the appearance of silver (occasionally you can see a slight yellowish tinge) and often stands up to tarnishing equally well - or sometimes better – compared to silver.

I don't recognise the pattern from the remaining portion. It's tedious trying to track down patterns without having the terminal part of the handle to go on.
 
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Good finds.

The National Silver Company (of New York City) is poorly documented, but from around 1900 they made both sterling silver and silver plated flatware, with some of the patterns from the earlier part of their history made in both metals. Flatware under their own name was discontinued in the late 1950s.

Anything marked ‘Double Tested’ will be silver plated and the mark in full would have read ‘Double Tested Silverplate’. The cut on your fork has coincidentally been made after the ‘r’, so the ‘plate’ part of ‘Silverplate’ is missing. The plating was on ‘white metal’ (nickel silver) with no actual silver content, but it had the appearance of silver (occasionally you can see a slight yellowish tinge) and often stands up to tarnishing equally well - or sometimes better – compared to silver.

I don't recognise the pattern from the remaining portion. It's tedious trying to track down patterns without having the terminal part of the handle to go on.
Thank you Red-Coat!
Based on the images i found online, i was more than a little suspicious of the location of the cut…. Fun day out all the same.
 

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