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iconnumber posted 01-06-2005 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Austinstar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Does anyone know anything about this fruit bowl?

There are no markings on it that I can see.

Is there some type of test that I can do to find out if it is silver?

Thanks in advance!

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2005 01:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Step one, wash the bowl. Then polish it to see what it looks like. If it looks bright and shiny, it is most likely silver. If a base metal shows through, it is silverplate. But the piece must be clean and polished. Sometimes very faint marks then appear. They were submerged in the general debris. Good luck with it.

PS, what size is this?

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2005 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, there are tests but you don't want to start with them as they will cause a minor bit of damage both from having to make a deep scratch on some unobtrusive place on the bottom (to cut through possibly plating) and from the special chemical that is used to test the underlying metal for silver content. Take Dale's advice to start slow with a gentle cleaning by hand (don't use a buffing wheel) as a starting point and see what you find. If there are no markings of any kind the odds are pretty strong that it is not silver, but that is not always the case as markings can sometimes get worn off over time from heavy and repeated polishing or in a few cases they may never have been there to start with. As a last resort, you can go to your local jeweler and they can do a positive test (scratch and testing chemical) as to whether it is solid silver.

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2005 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Austinstar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This piece is 10 inches across and 2 inches deep. Thanks for the reply! Does it look identifyable as to who could have produced it?

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iconnumber posted 01-07-2005 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Austinstar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whoa! I washed the bowl and sure enough, there is a mark on the back - it's a crown over the word SPAIN and the initials WA

Anyone know where I could find some matching pieces???

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