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iconnumber posted 08-29-2000 05:02 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is on what appears to be a pierced berry spoon and it also appears to be sterling (there are no worn places where plating has come off) but I really can't tell unless that wear is apparant or it says sterling, or .925 or something similar.
I'd LOVE to have a company name or something so I can investigate further.
The piercing is in a lovely design in the bowl.

One more thing......
Normally, I would say that the N.S. on my berry spoon would stand for Nickel Silver, but it isn't. It shines with silver polish and buffs to a hi shine just like sterling would. Tiz a puzzlement.

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iconnumber posted 08-30-2000 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, nickel silver does look a lot like sterling when shined. If you compare it directly to a marked piece of sterling, though, you should see a difference in the tone of the color. It is difficult to describe the difference; you have to see it to recognize it.

Nickel silver is basically the same as German silver, in terms of the metals in the alloy. Varying the relative compostions results in different colors, with "German silver" usually having a yellow cast and nickel silver a white look.

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iconnumber posted 09-01-2000 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have never seen a mark AR O N.S.. I am summing that AR O N.S. is an abbreviation for Argentum On Nickel Silver in others words Silver Plate. Has anyone seen this before? Who was the manufacturer and from what country?

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