Silver and Flatware/old fork

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Question
Have a old fork. Pattern is tipped. Back say's WM ROGERS(silver/nickle)(R) Would you know year and who made it and the R on the end is what?  Thank you

Answer
Hi Sandy and thanks for your interest. It sounds like what you have is silver plate from between World Wars I & II with a nickle silver base. Silver plate is a "skin" of pure silver over a non precious base metal, nickle silver is a mixture of copper, zinc & nickel and has often been used for flatware and institutional as well as household silver plate. The "R" might be a registration indicator, year mark or part of the trade mark.
I hope this is of some help, and if I can be of any further assistance, let us know.
Enjoy your silver, Mitch Paul, Silver Restoration Adviser  

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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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