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GOLDMINE
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posted 09-18-2000 10:46 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi
I recently purchased a "brazilian silver D & A" marked spoon from a thrift shop and would love any information as to what brazilian silver actually is.... I would appreciate any response.

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Scott Martin
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posted 09-19-2000 05:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The few times I have seen Brazil Silver it has been on electroplated white metal. I also seem to recall seeing a piece that may never have been plated that was marked Brazilian Silver. I suspect that the maker may have been using Brazilian Silver as another way of saying German Silver or nickel silver or white metal. Does anyone have documentation to support or contradict this?

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posted 09-19-2000 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did a little more sifting through my notes and reference materials .......
Brazilian Silver D&A is the Trademark of nickel silver wares made by Daniel and Arter, Birmingham England.

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Brent

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posted 09-19-2000 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, nickel silver wares were sold under a variety of euphemisms, including Brazil(ian) Silver, Alaska Silver, Nevada Silver, and Solid Silver. These all tend to be silvery-looking alloys, as opposed to the yellow alloys normally used as a base for plating. They were pitched as a superior alternative to plated wares, because they never "wore through". Old Sears catalogs display a nice variety of these items. Basically they are the same as silverplate, prior to plating!

Daniel & Arter's Globe Nevada Silver Works was a prolific producer of this sort of thing. Aside from Brazilian and Nevada Silver, they also used the terms Aluminum Silver, Japanese Silver, Indian Silver, Burmaroid and Argenline, among others. These are all basically the same thing.

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Paul Lemieux

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posted 08-23-2004 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw a new one on me this weekend: "Norwegian Silver"

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Dale

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posted 08-24-2004 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These names just keep on a coming. I have seen Argentine, Montana and Australian. They seem to have been advertising slogans, not silver marks.

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lowcarbpeg
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posted 10-06-2004 07:55 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found a Panama Silver fork in my collection. same thing?

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Silver Lyon

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posted 12-17-2004 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Silver Lyon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
MOST of the items marked 'Brazil Silver', 'Brazilian Silver', 'Nevada Silver' etc. (see earlier posts in this thread) are as explained, made of NAKED, un-plated, Nickel, with a whitener in the alloy to make it look more like silverplated ware - (The nickel that is usually silverplated is really very yellow) The trade names were a way around the public's prejudice against nickle and not intended to deceive; although in our modern world, over 100 years later, it is not surprising that the inexperienced assume that the word SILVER stamped upon an item means just that!!

If you want to see the difference, try going to a plumbing supply stores and ask to see both nickel and chrome plated fixtures!!

n.b. - Daniel & Arter (D&A in either a shield, an oval, or just stamped) were by far the largest single manufacturers - they also made electroplated wares, but these are stamped ELECTRO NEVADA in one long stamp with a division between the electro and Nevada.

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