✅ SOLVED Silver Spoon (I hope)

Hunk-a-lead

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Found this yesterday in such great condition. I want to think it is silver but couldn't get to far with the limited markings. I have unearthed many silver plated utensils but none were as pristine as this one. No other markings other than pictured. As always, your help is appreciated and HH.
 

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Looks good to me, but, I'm no expert on silverware.
 
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Nice spoon, but not silver I'm afraid.

The 'WMF' mark is for the German company Württemberg(ischen) Metallwaren-Fabrik. From 1903 they used an ‘Ostrich’ mark alongside their initials and the date ranges for their flatware can be determined from the nature of the lozenge surrounding the ostrich. Yours is in a horizontal rhombus, which puts it between 1903-1910

It’s a silver plate mark, with the ‘18’ an indication of plating quality. In most cases the number relates to the weight of silver in grammes used in the plating bath per two dozen items, and is an indirect measure of the plate thickness.
 
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That one would have fooled me, too. Is there ANY dark spots on the very end edge of the bowl part where the copper, or base metal is showing through? I dug one that I though for sure had to be silver and once cleaned up, said "heavy silver plate"
Keep at it as now I have found two silver spoon bowls without the handle, a complete spoon marked sterling, another complete fiddle type spoon marked coin silver, and then most recently a handle with just enough of the neck showing the word sterling. I dug every dang hunka trash I could get a hit on hoping to find the bowl or tine part of the latter.
Great hunt anyway with four silver coins! Bet there's more...HH ALL
 
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Hunk-a-lead

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Nice spoon, but not silver I'm afraid.

The 'WMF' mark is for the German company Württemberg(ischen) Metallwaren-Fabrik. From 1903 they used an ‘Ostrich’ mark alongside their initials and the date ranges for their flatware can be determined from the nature of the lozenge surrounding the ostrich. Yours is in a horizontal rhombus, which puts it between 1903-1910

It’s a silver plate mark, with the ‘18’ an indication of plating quality. In most cases the number relates to the weight of silver in grammes used in the plating bath per two dozen items, and is an indirect measure of the plate thickness.
thanks so much Red Coat, really appreciate your detailed description and answer. Guess I will just keep swingin' You guys are the best, no kidding
 
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Hunk-a-lead

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That one would have fooled me, too. Is there ANY dark spots on the very end edge of the bowl part where the copper, or base metal is showing through? I dug one that I though for sure had to be silver and once cleaned up, said "heavy silver plate"
Keep at it as now I have found two silver spoon bowls without the handle, a complete spoon marked sterling, another complete fiddle type spoon marked coin silver, and then most recently a handle with just enough of the neck showing the word sterling. I dug every dang hunka trash I could get a hit on hoping to find the bowl or tine part of the latter.
Great hunt anyway with four silver coins! Bet there's more...HH ALL
thanks xr7!
 
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