Silver or silver plate?

Discussion in 'Silver' started by J Dagger, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    FDB03822-EC05-4586-A425-35F7C41F8E07.jpeg DF9E0B5B-C90F-48F7-96AC-CFEDF492006E.jpeg Mystery spoons! No clue on these marks. Look familiar to anyone? I’m leaning to plate more than silver. They were described by seller as “coin” but they don’t look right for coin. Either foreign, plate, or foreign plate?

    Photos aren’t good I know but all I have.
     
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  2. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    19th c English silverplate in my opinion
     
  3. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I'm with Blooey. No way that's American "coin." Where are you finding all these clueless sellers who are claiming plate as coin?
     
  4. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

  5. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    I’ll give you one guess! ;) This is actually the first time I’ve posted plated stuff that I recall though. Maybe I’m forgetting one though. The last time it was old Irish Sterling that someone here said was plated and the seller had called American coin.

    I totally forgot that website had silver plate marks in their resources. Thanks for thinking of it. Looks like WP&Co. are definitely responsible for some of these if not all. I was pretty sure they were plate but didn’t want to kick myself if they were old marks from somewhere before a standard was set or something.
     
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  6. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Ah - eBoo, right? And I do remember now your recent thread that went all over the map until the right people came along with the truth. I have noticed recently that sellers over there want to throw out "coin" at the drop of a hat and on anything that doesn't say sterling.
     
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  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    i have less faith daily in the stories eBlech sellers use to move product.....
    ( not the folks here of course...;).)
     
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  8. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member


    Correct.

    I think you have it exactly right. In my experience so far any old looking spoon with marks that can’t be identified quickly are called coin. I don’t think it’s deception necessarily (I hope) just ignorance and/or lack of ability to find an answer. In this case it was someone that definitely doesn’t specialize in silver or spoons. They had a general knowledge of coin silver and just assumed they were pseudo hallmarks is my guess. Either that or maybe they were being intentionally deceptive. I like to think not.
     
  9. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and believe it was ignorance and not intentional misrepresentation in this case. I’m sure there is plenty of that too though!
     
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  10. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    But another thing is that someone does a non-gouge test on the surface of a plated spoon with an unknown maker, see the right color for silver and call it coin. :rolleyes:
     
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