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iconnumber posted 07-10-2007 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bascall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is not an altogether new topic, but it seems like it might be worthwhile to begin a list of silver platers who mark their wares just like coin silver. F Curtis & Co is one example as is Hall & Elton. Both companies have of course already been mentioned on the forum. It's just that there might be more that are not so obvious or well known. And having them all under one thread might be helpful.

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iconnumber posted 07-10-2007 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be more interesting to site those who did not make their goods look like coin silver. Making the goods pass, so to speak, was the whole point.

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iconnumber posted 07-11-2007 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
White metal was marketed before the 1850s as a cheaper version of solid silver and the look obtained by some manufacturers was quite good. I am not sure of the metals used in white metal and the items that I am aware of were limited to flatware. I have some by the R.B. White Metal Company. I have seen their metal described as pewter of the Britannia type. With the items marked R.B. White Metal Company, they clearly had no desire to palm off their wares as silver.

When silver plating became technically feasible I think the sale of white metal only products must have tapered off substantially. White metal was still used as the base, but I suspect it was a different and perhaps cheaper alloy than that used by the R.B. White Metal Co.

I am not aware of any hollowware made by the R.B. White Metal and wonder if this alloy simply did not look right except in forks and spoons.

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iconnumber posted 07-11-2007 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for swarter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was a lot of flimsey coin flatware made in the 19th Century; much of the plated ware was more substantial, as was some of the coin. I think the kind that Bascall refers to is the type of plain fiddle-handle flatware typified by Hall & Elton's output which had similar thinness and lightness to coin, and has fooled many people; if the plating is not worn so the base metal is exposed, the only easy to demonstrate that they are not coin is by the springiness of the metal, which does not bend like silver does - a flick of the fingernail on the end of a spoon handle is sufficient to convince many doubters.

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iconnumber posted 07-13-2007 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for doc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a very timely posting for me, if somewhat embarrassing. I had just posted a Hall & Elton item on a popular internet sales site, and I had thought it was coin-very well made. But having read this thread, it caused me to go back and look and it turns out to be a plated item. I was able to fix my listing accordingly. I take pride in being forthright about what I offer, so thank you!

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