Old Silver AND Old Gold?

PlzBSeated

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Found a Barber dime today. And 3 feet from that I pull up this monogrammed cuff-link. It is an older design. It is not marked, and I don't have a tester, so I can't officially proclaim it to be gold. However, the VDI reading, it's weight relative to size, and it's overall cleanness given it's age, give me confidence that it's the real deal.

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Today's finds...

1901 Barber Dime
Gold (?) Monogrammed Cuff-link, appears to be Victorian or Edwardian
(1) Buffalo Nickel, date illegible
(3) Wheat back pennies, 1920, 1939, 1945
Silver plated utensil, not sure it's use. Maybe someone out there knows what it was used for.

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Found a Barber dime today. And 3 feet from that I pull up this monogrammed cuff-link. It is an older design. It is not marked, and I don't have a tester, so I can't officially proclaim it to be gold. However, the VDI reading, it's weight relative to size, and it's overall cleanness given it's age, give me confidence that it's the real deal.

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Today's finds...

1901 Barber Dime
Gold (?) Monogrammed Cuff-link, appears to be Victorian or Edwardian
(1) Buffalo Nickel, date illegible
(3) Wheat back pennies, 1920, 1939, 1945
Silver plated utensil, not sure it's use. Maybe someone out there knows what it was used for.

PBS
Very Nice!!!! Congrats!!!! Keep Us updated on if it tests to be Gold!
 

Lenrac2

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Sure looks gold! Congrats!
 

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Nice finds. That style cuff link, when unmarked, are usually gold-filled. If you test with acid (standard gold test kit), gold-filled usually tests as solid gold because the outer gold layer is relatively thick so you're really only testing this outer layer (for gold-plated, the test works well because you very easily rub through the thin plating). When a scrapper tests these old unmarked cufflinks they always cut a small notch, usually using a file, to be sure to get deep enough so they're testing the inside of the item. You can usually see the color difference between the outer gold layer and the inner copper core, and if you drop the acid in the cut, if it's gold-filled the acid bubbles and turns green. If it's solid gold the acid does absolutely nothing.
 

lenmac65

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Very nice mix of finds. Congrats!
 
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PlzBSeated

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Very Nice!!!! Congrats!!!! Keep Us updated on if it tests to be Gold!
Did find someone with a tester. Cuff-link tests as 10K.

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Emil W

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Did find someone with a tester. Cuff-link tests as 10K.

PBS
Do you know what test they preformed? Acid or electronic? And if electronic, how did they prepare the surface? Although I believe most know that acid tests only test the metal at the depth of the scraped area (which is why for vintage and antique pieces, scrappers always cut into the piece since gold-filled can have a rather thick gold layer), I don't think many understand the same applies to electronic tests. Even XRF testers only read the surface, not any underlying layers if there are any.

Here's a link to the National Pawnbrokers Association page discussing the different testing methods:

 

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