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iconnumber posted 10-02-2001 11:30 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased a lot of silver at auction which included 8 goblets. They are marked on the bottom clearly W&S Blackinton since 1865. The problem is, I would like to know if they are silver plate or sterling. I understand W&S Blackinton was a goldsmith later purchased by Ellmore. The quality of these items makes them seem like sterling. Also, all of the silverplate items I've researched say W&S Blackinton Silverplate. These do not mention silverplate. I'm stumped.

Also, is there any way to visually tell if it's sterling and not silver plate. The items were gross when I bought them black with tarnish and mold.
Thanks for any and all help.

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iconnumber posted 10-04-2001 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

If pieces of silver are American, relatively new, and do not say sterling, they probably aren't. It is not clear from Rainwater that W & S Backinton ever made sterling. If they did, they would have marked it as such.

Despite the cruddiness of the goblets when you bought them, I would wager that they are rather new. In my experience, modern silverplate tends to tarnish quite rapidly, and is very hard to clean. Left in storage, as I imagine these were, relatively new items can emerge looking like ancient relics.

I hope this helps!


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iconnumber posted 10-09-2001 11:07 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your help. I found out these are circa 1920-1930 and are silver on copper.

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