Chocolate Pot? Silver? Marks? I give up...Help Please?

Discussion in 'Silver' started by Cabrina, Apr 7, 2021.

  1. Cabrina

    Cabrina New Member

    Hi All,
    I bought this 'chocolate pot'? It's the closest info I found in researching. It's 8" IMG_E2924.JPG IMG_2923.JPG IMG_E2911.JPG IMG_2929.JPG tall.The metal could be silver - no magnet will stick. I discolored it with a drop of bleach (I know, dumb). White cloth test - black rubs off. Printing on the bottom is so worn. I can almost make out university. I can also see SIL stamped into it and a very faded crest or logo on the surface. Still, silver doesn't make sense to me. Anyway, I give. If you've a chance please see the photos and share your thoughts. Even an approximate age would be great! Thanks so much! (P.S. I'm new here so if I don't respond, don't be offended, I'm Forum challenged still learning the ropes.)
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  2. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Looks more like pewter to me. All those dents and scrapes. Would not be solid silver in any case. Silver plate was very common in restaurant or hotel ware, so I suppose it's possible.
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  3. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    It's silverplate restaurant/hotelware from a 'University Club' somewhere, the beat-up surface is from years of being polished in commercial machines that basically tumble the pieces with bits of metal or other polishing material (plus they get banged up from heavy use as well)...

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  4. Cabrina

    Cabrina New Member

    Thank you, I thought it might be service ware for a university so I was close. I like that it's so banged up. I bought it to use as a vase. :happy:
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  5. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    I think it says:


    a production number including a '2'
    32 OZ. (does it hold a quart?)

    The monogram is, of course, a 'UC'...

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  6. Doot Boi

    Doot Boi Active Member

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  7. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Probably formerly silver-plated white metal of whatever composition.
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  8. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    Hotelware took a lot of abuse, so it was heavily silverplated on a hard nickel-silver base, any parts like handles, feet, rims, etc. were attached with silver solder.

  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    nice vase !!!!...;):)
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  10. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    I'd try to polish it.
    probably Britannia metal with antimony for strengthening.
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  11. Cabrina

    Cabrina New Member

  12. Cabrina

    Cabrina New Member

    You are all so awesome and knowledgeable! Thanks so much for the feedback!:joyful:
  13. Cabrina

    Cabrina New Member

    Yes, it holds a quart.
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