Featured The new collection begins!

Discussion in 'Silver' started by MrNate, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. MrNate

    MrNate Well-Known Member

    I think it was mostly luck that I just took my collection in for auction, but I had a wonderful hunting day today. In total I got 7 new pieces to start out my collection again. The first item I found was a sterling silver base, I haven't identified the maker. Later on in the day, I found a large spoon with a mark I hadn't seen before so I took a gamble. It tests as silver but I still haven't identified the maker. In the same store I grabbed the weighted candle holder. But the end of my day was my favorite part. I took a gamble a week ago with someone selling a big bag of plated silverware. I didn't see any of the items marked as silver, but it looked like a promising gamble. After I sorted through the pile, I found 6 gorham spoons. Enjoy the photos and I'm glad this site works again!

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  2. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    ...and so it begins.
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  3. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

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  4. MrNate

    MrNate Well-Known Member

  5. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Yes, indeed, Nate. I think that's it! (Yet another of those small companies that few of us remember!)
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  6. MrNate

    MrNate Well-Known Member

    Doing more research, appears to be marseille pattern but lots of sites have it as plated. I scraped like five different times in the same place on the testing stone and it kept showing red from the acid test. I guess I’ll look some more and maybe test it again tomorrow.
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  7. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    It's the Smith mark and Marseilles (issued 1904.) It is plated and only tests as sterling because it was plated well - and with sterling sufficient to give you a positive result in testing stone. No indication in any responsible reference that they ever made items in sterling.

    There is really no need to test it again - unless you get deep enough to expose the base metal - and that wouldn't be rational.
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  8. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    lol, so true:) great scores Mr Nate!
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