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iconnumber posted 07-03-2005 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have 6 tarnished silver tankards that are labeled on the bottom: BENEDICT, INDESTRUCTO, Silver Soldered, E.P.N.S.,Made in USA, PATENTED, 1384 Would anyone have any info on them and should I clean and polish them? Thanks for your help with this.

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iconnumber posted 07-03-2005 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scotia     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi there,

Your tankards are silver plated. EPNS stands for Electro Plated Nickel Silver i.e. a thin layer of silver over the top of a base metal like brass or copper. The tarnish may be the base metal coming through, but you could try polishing one on a small area just to see the effect.

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iconnumber posted 07-03-2005 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you used the SSF search function?
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iconnumber posted 07-04-2005 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antiqueperson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you really like the items you could have them replated, as there are companies that do this.

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iconnumber posted 07-05-2005 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for akgdc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hate to disagree yet again with my friend Antiqueperson, but I have to note that replating is frowned upon by collectors, as it destroys the original surfaces of an item (and usually leaves it looking pretty tacky as well).

On the other hand, the pieces you are describing are neither rare nor terribly old, so take this as you will.

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