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iconnumber posted 10-05-2006 11:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for maryr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased a bowl that I was told was sterling from South America but on the bottom the only markings are a hand engraved "1831" and below that a heavily stamped "193" mark.

I will have the bowl tested; however, I was wondering if, in general, one should always stay away from any item that does not have either a hallmark (e.g., english or french sterling marks) or is not clearly marked with .925 or "sterling"?

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iconnumber posted 10-07-2006 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cannon50     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a simple test that may be useful is a comparison with a similar size non silver piece. Place an ice cube on both and time the number of seconds it takes for the pieces to get cold. High silver alloys are hands down the quickest to get cold.

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iconnumber posted 10-27-2006 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Generally, the larger a piece is the less likely it is to be sterling. Not a rule of thumb, but something to keep in mind.

Please tell us more about yourself and your interest in silver. Would like to know why you bought the bowl in the first place.

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