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Hi there. I was given a set of old silverware, which I've learned is Roger's Bros made by International Silver. I know it's silver-plated forks and spoons, and wondering what the silver was actually plating? Much of the silver plate has worn off by now, and I was worried that the silver was covering a metal alloy that used lead as part of the mix, such as pewter? Thanks!

Hi, Jason.

I can't answer you with certainty but I can say that copper and brass (mixture of copper and zinc) are very common. Nickel is often in the mixture also. I won't say lead is never used but I'm guessing it's rare in flatware.

International Silver is still in business. You could check with them if you know the pattern.

Best wishes,


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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at I also author a blog at and write articles about silver at ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........


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