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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 07-18-2006 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was at a clients office today where the super/maintenance guy likes to show me the silver people throw away. Today he had a perfectly fine silverplate salt & pepper. I have been helping him to learn something about the silver he finds. He thought would give these to his wife and had learned enough to know they were silverplate from the mark.

But he was concerned because they weren’t just marked EP but they were marked EP LEAD. He was wondering as the silverplate wore away would it be possible for he and his wife to get lead poisoning?

At first, I started to chuckle but contained myself as this certainly was a reasonable and thoughtful question from someone who has been learning about silver. I explained the salt & pepper were only weighted with lead inside the bottom so the salt & pepper wouldn’t tip over. That the lead wasn't the silverplated base metal and long as the silverplated metal surrounding the lead weight “plug” was undamaged there wasn’t a concern.

For me it was the first time I had seen EP LEAD. What I usually see is EP, Lead Weighted.

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iconnumber posted 07-18-2006 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Generaly. lead is not used as an undermetal in silverplate. Both because of health concerns and because lead will not carry a current reliably. Plating lead is something that does not work.

Most lead items one encounters are painted or enameled, not plated. Like doorstops.

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