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I have a vase that says Quaker Silver Co and has a logo that looks like a Quaker woman's head with a bonnet. It also says Pat Applied For and the number 459 under the logo. Is this vase silver-plated? Any other information would be appreciated.  Here are a couple pictures to help identify.

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Thanks for any help.

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Hi Susan and thanks for your post. The pictures were a great help. What you have is a silver plated vase made by the Quaker Silver Co. in North Attlaboro, Mass between World War I & II. They became part of Gorham in 1959 but design materials and workmanship places yours before then. Rather than a name they gave your vase a pattern number, that's the 459.
The base metal is either a tin lead alloy or "Britannia Metal" a pewter like compound most commonly used between 1850 - 1900 and the style can be called classic revival.
If you see a pewter like color that won't polish up, it's the plating wearing through and can be reapplied without compromising the value.
Restoration may be available at a local jewelry, better gift , tabletop, china , crystal ,silver shop or bridal registry, also online. If your vase is an heirloom you may check for references before considering restoration.
If this sparks any more questions, feel free to contact us again.
Enjoy your silver, Mitch Paul  

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Mitch Paul

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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.

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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.

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Upon request and best based upon locality.

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