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iconnumber posted 01-13-2011 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an antiques silver cigarette/ snuff box that has "argent vietnam' stamped on the bottom. Is there any way to find out the silver content?

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iconnumber posted 01-18-2011 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

About your silver box. Since the mark is 'Argent', French for 'Silver', I think this was probably made when the French had some influence.

Any how, to test for silver, rub any edge of the box on a "test" stone about 20 times,
back and forth, and put a drop of 18k gold test acid on the marks rubbed on the stone.
If the acid turns blue, and lots of little white clumps form, your box is silver. Any other color, or few white clumps = not silver.

This is an easy test for silver that I use all the time, and is very quick.

You need to be careful.. The 18k acid will burn you or your clothes. Wear glasses, and have some baking soda around to nutralize the acid.


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