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my parents bought a fork at an antique store years ago.  my dad is curious on the history and worth of the fork.  the only markings on the fork say Craig Silver Solid.  It is a very plain fork and appears to be molded and one piece.  Anything you can tell me would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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Hi, Tracey.

I can only give you some general information since I am not familiar with this piece.

Craig Silver Co existed in Bridgeport, CT in the 1890's, I believe. That's all the information I have on the company.

Most makers of sterling pieces placed the word, "Sterling", on the pieces# Sterling is 92#5% silver# The reason it's not 100% is because it would be too soft for rigorous use# The other 7#5% for strength is usually copper#

"Silver-solid" is not a standard industry term. Many terms like this were used by manufacturers to hint that the pieces might have a high silver content when they really did not. I cannot say that is the case with your piece. I'm betting it has a low silver content but I cannot say that with certainty.

You could get a trial membership from Worthpoint and see what these knives sold for: http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/lot-of-5-marked-craig-solid-silver-knife-k .

This spoon sold for $15.00: http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.asp?ItemID=9915571 .

You might post a picture of the mark and your question on the forum at www.925-1000.com. A number of experts participate and maybe one will know the answer.

Sorry I could not help.

Best wishes,

Jim  

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... 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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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

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BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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