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iconnumber posted 08-06-2001 05:34 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would someone explain to me what "italian silver" is?


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iconnumber posted 08-06-2001 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Martine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In what context? It should mean that it is silver made in Italy. They probably use several grades of silver as do other countries. Versus "german silver" which is another name for nickel silver, a silver-white metal alloy. AND of course there is silver from the country of Germany.

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iconnumber posted 08-06-2001 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe we have covered this a few times before, but here it goes again:

In the late 19th -early 20th century period, a number of American (and a few English) manufacturers started to produce flatware in various German silver alloys, none of which contained any actual silver. This flatware was stamped with, and marketed under, a bewildering array of trade names, such as

Alaska Silver
Nevada Silver
Indian Silver
Solid Silver


Italian Silver

All of these are basically the same stuff. In old advertisements (i.e. Sears Catalog) this ware is pitched as "100% solid silver, better than silverplate" because there is no silver to wear through with use. In reality, these are just like the flatware blanks used by silverplating firms, only without the plating!

I hope this answers your question!


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iconnumber posted 08-06-2001 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have also seen "Brazil Silver" used for the same end.

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iconnumber posted 08-08-2001 07:16 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a plated spoon stamped "Venetian Silver"......

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