Originally Posted by chiefheadknocker
hi there, I cant see any hallmarks , but I thinks they are solid silver because there is no sign of silver plate wearing through , maybe its is silver plated that hasn't worn through yet ,would silver plate have any marks ?
thanks for your input
real solid english 'sterling' silver will have hallmarks. plate may, but is not required. they do appear on most tho, as it implies a higher quality manufacture.
how to read english silver plate marks: http://www.silvercollection.it/dict...platemarks.html
of course if it doesn't have any, you can't use that.
might be silver plate, might not. might be 'german' silver, or alpaca, with no 'Ag' at all.
if it's silver, a drop of egg yolk on it will leave a black spot fairly quickly, the more silver purity, the quicker the spot develops.