Silver and Flatware/flatware

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I bought a tray of silverlpate and found four forks marked "J.Wiss and sons"with a"12" in an oblong box next to the name.Any value?.

Answer
Hi Harold and thanks for your post. J. Wiss & Sons was a cutlery company and is mostly known for scissors and some silver plated food service items. Silver plate is a skin of pure silver over a non precious base metal and the "12" might refer to the weight of silver deposited on those items.
I'm not an appraiser and leave valuation up to those doing that on a full time basis.
I could do better if you can attach a picture of the markings to narrow down the "what, when & where." With the provided information, I would say the Newark, New Jersey area between the early 1900's to about 1975.
If I can be of any further service, let me know.
Enjoy your silver, Mitch Paul

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Mitch Paul

Expertise

Identifying and dating Sterling, Coin and Silver plate. Finding difficult to find marks on silver. Not involved in weaponry,jewelry or musical instruments (this is best offered by those working full time in those fields) Not involved in valuing or appraising items.

Experience

Conducting restoration events in fine jewelry, china crystal & silver stores and bridal registries from coast to coast. Primarily involved in restoration, plating & repair of heirloom, decorative, presentation items. Flatware, hollow ware, dresser ware, alter and religious items and personal goods.

Organizations
Society of American Silversmiths.

Education/Credentials
Mostly attending lectures and researching goods submitted for prospective restoration and repair. With a background in infectious disease / public health and spending hours and years over a microscope, it makes finding those hidden, diminished and difficult to locate maker marks a welcome challenge.

Awards and Honors
The only entry I can place here is the interest of establishments hosting our events season after season and many repeat customers.

Past/Present Clients
Upon request and best based upon locality.

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