Featured Another close one, but no cigar

Discussion in 'Silver' started by MrNate, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. MrNate

    MrNate Well-Known Member

    This one got my heart racing, but someone local beat me to it (to clarify, this wasn't a local listing for me, but someone in the area of the listing contacted the seller). The listing had been up for a few hours. Listing gave nothing away (the only thing that really caught my eye was the metal didn't look super thick at the mouth of the spout), one photo and the seller listed it as silver plate. To me, it looked quality (I really didn't have any idea based on the photo if it would have been plated). Upon inquiry, the seller let me know the only thing on the bottom was "STERLING 950"...Sadly someone had contacted them before me and already bought it, for less than $50....I'll say it 100 times, it's out there folks:

    Last edited: Apr 24, 2020
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  2. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    Where are these sites? Like local sales on...ebay? I am curious.
    Thank you
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  3. MrNate

    MrNate Well-Known Member

    I think i've given a lot of clues in past posts. I can't give away all my secrets! ;)
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  4. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    Hmmmmm....I thought I was paying attention....I guess I didn't know where to look before you started giving clues so I must have never caught on.:cyclops:
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  5. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    A WISE ONE NEVER reveals his/her sources!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:joyful::joyful::smug::smuggrin:
  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    1...the seller listed it as silver plate.

    2....the seller let me know the only thing on the bottom was "STERLING 950"

    3....someone had contacted them before me and already bought it, for less than $50..

    OK, Mr.N8 , my turn for a game...
    What's wrong with this picture...? :inpain:

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  7. gauntlettgems

    gauntlettgems Well-Known Member

    But sterling 950?
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  8. kardinalisimo

    kardinalisimo Well-Known Member

    I’ve seen “Sterling 950” on Japanese pieces.
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  9. MrNate

    MrNate Well-Known Member

    Haha, I think I like this game.
    1 is wrong, because this set isn’t plated.
    2 is right because 950 sterling is found in Japanese silver
    3 is waaaay wrong because this set should cost over $1000!!!!

    I get ahead of myself sometimes when posting. As soon as the seller told me 2, I went online, here’s a few similar sets:



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  10. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    sorry you missed out on this set Mr Nate, but you are good at hunting it down, I'm sure there will be more fabulous finds coming your way soon:)
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  11. Malcolm

    Malcolm Active Member

    I think MR.N is winding everyone up..... The reflection in the largest teapot is a woman with her breasts showing. Nice!!
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  12. Firemandk

    Firemandk Well-Known Member

    On "lockdown" to long, are we ? lol
  13. gauntlettgems

    gauntlettgems Well-Known Member

    950 sterling. I’ve Learned something new!!! I love this place. Ty!
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2020
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  14. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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  15. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

  16. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

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  17. gauntlettgems

    gauntlettgems Well-Known Member

    In all my years in this business, I’ve never seen it marked as such. Wow, cool!
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  18. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    In all my years.... I've not seen half the stuff that goes on around here !!!
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  19. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    Most country's silver standards, including in the U.S., require 'sterling' must be at least .925 fineness, there's nothing really wrong about marking higher standard silver as sterling. In this case, believe the Japanese makers, who typically, after 1928, marked their wares with numeric fineness, sometimes accompanied by 'SILVER', were stamping 'STERLING' to cater to the large post-WWII American market, silver was even sold in post exchanges. There are almost always some anomalies in silver marks, but personally, can't recall running across any pieces marked as sterling that appeared to be pre-WWII (though many obviously later pieces are described as 'antique' or 'Meiji period') - all those marks posted here were found on clearly mid 20th century pieces...

  20. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Thank you for that !!!!:happy::happy:
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