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ajones2031@aol.com

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iconnumber posted 01-04-2000 11:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ajones2031@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I inherited six Tiffany knives which my grandmother thought were sterling...when I took them in for appraisel, my silversmith said they were not sterling...probably nickle silver...they are gorgeous...heavy...marked Tiffany NYC...any thoughts as to where I can get some more info...I have tried my library...Memphis is not a mecca for silver....

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iconnumber posted 01-05-2000 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ajones2031@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott suggested that I put in a pix of the pattern w/ more detail...bear w/ me because I am just a "poke & grin" computer person who has printed the rules on how to post a URL....each knife is 9 7/8"....blades are marked "Tiffany & Co, New York w/ a shield w/ a "T" (I think - no lope), knife is again stamped Tiffany & Co on the shaft -- I have taken them to 3 jewelers who all swore they were ss...then tested them and said nickle silver and sent me to the next jeweler...thus visiting 3 jewelers.

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iconnumber posted 01-05-2000 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This pattern is the Tiffany & Co. pattern called Whittier and was introduced circa 1907. It is not "nickel silver" but is Silver Plate (a.k.a. "E. P."). Nickel silver is a silver white alloy which contains no silver. Most jewelers test using one of the various nitric acid tests..... I hope this was not the case with your pieces, as these tests are invasive and remove silver thereby usually leaving base metal showing. Very good job posting your first photo.

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iconnumber posted 01-06-2000 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ajones2031@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Boy was I impressed w/ the quick help I received from Scott....now I know I have the Whittier pattern...Tiffany EP.....Yall will probably see me as a frequent poster as I always have a lot of questions....again, Memphians use their sterling everyday but they do NOT discuss it....Mant thnx CJ in Memphis

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