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Is the Wm Rogers made in China silverplate made of silver over copper?
Why is the older Wm Rogers silverplate more valuable when it seems like the same items also being made today?

Hi, Linda.

I don't know anything about the metallic composition of Chinese-made pieces. I don't keep track of prices of new silver plate but I do know that the vast majority of used silver plate flatware has low value. It could be that a few patterns have higher value because of popularity of the pattern.

You may find some retailers who charge high prices for silver plate flatware but they generally are going after buyers who want to add pieces to existing sets, especially for discontinued patterns. Most patterns have been discontinued. An individual trying to sell similar pieces will not attract those prices.

Without knowing the specific pattern involved, I can't answer definitely your question about old vs new. I have heard from some readers that newer pieces seem to weigh less than the old.

FYI, this brand was taken over by International Silver in 1898. They continued to use the brand for many years.

Best wishes,


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