Silver or Silverplate? Originally a spoon?

Discussion in 'Silver' started by KikoBlueEyes, May 20, 2019.

  1. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I bought this to learn about silver and silver plate. Don't laugh at it, please. I think it was originally a serving spoon that was repurposed as a candle holder. It was happy for me to shine it with a sunshine cloth. I bought a magnet on the way home and it is not magnetic, but from what I gather that is not a definitive test. The salient information I have gleaned is that it says "patent 1955" on it. There are marks after that I can't understand CD1?. The spoon is monogramed "Laura." By the way, while trying to research this I ran across a 2002 comment on a Silver site by @DragonflyWink. I was trying to find out if silver plate silverware is commonly monogrammed. Is all silver silverware individually stamped with a silver mark? I suspect the patent 1955 was about some plating process, but that is just a guess. If you have a minute can you help?

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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Suspect it was Laura who bent it to its current shape. A monogram is a single initial or 2 - 3 initials combined into one. Will this stand on its own, without the weight of a whole candle?
     
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  3. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    The only thing a magnet tests is whether or not a metal is ferrous, iron containing.
     
  4. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    Awww, geez - somebody took an 1850s coin silver spoon and mangled it all up!

    I should be able to find the maker, and perhaps pattern in a bit - should know, but my memory just isn't what it used to be...

    ~Cheryl
     
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  5. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    *Sigh* Gorham's 'Josephine', design patented in 1855...

    ~Cheryl
     
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  6. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Yes. I think that is why they used a bigger spoon.
     
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  7. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    Oh wow. Then it is a treasure. I'm excited. :):):):):)
     
  8. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I will treat it kindly. Not to worry.
     
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  9. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

  10. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member


    Heh, good to hear that you'll take care of the poor abused thing - what's done is done...

    Here's an old post on the pattern: https://www.smpub.com/ubb/Forum2/HTML/000054.html

    ~Cheryl
     
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  11. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Platinum jewelry alloys can be magnetic and can also be magnets.No iron included.
     
  12. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I'll shine it up and put it next to my spooner so the other old spoons can commiserate with it. No candles, I promise. Thanks for the link.
     
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  13. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Interesting. What metals do they alloy with the platinum? Or rather, which alloys are attracted to the magnet?
     
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  14. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

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  15. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member


    May as well stick a candle in it and use it for its new purpose - otherwise it's just a pointless maiming...

    ~Cheryl
     
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  16. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    He came up before, in connection with the tension settings. He really has a different approach to thinking about jewellery. I was hoping there would be a photo of the magnetic jewellery levitating. However, did see a couple of pieces @Any Jewelry and @komokwa would like:

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  17. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    One photo here .......... https://www.imagesjewelers.com/steven-kretchmer/
     
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  18. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    They carefully don't say what the other 233/1000 of the alloy is composed of, but the earrings with the magnets are a cool idea. They do bring up a problem with the single piece magnetized rings: potential for corrupting magnetic strips on credit cards, etc.
     
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