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I have several flatware pieces from different companies. One of them is a cake/pie server. On the back is the company stamp from Simon L & George H Rogers Company with a stamp of X/TRA. I wanted to know if it has any value.  I think it's silver plate, but I am not sure.

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Hi Shannon and thanks for your post. I'm not an appraiser and unfortunately can't value items, but can authenticate them. What you have is silver plateed flatware probably from between world I & II and made in the USA in either Hartford or Meriden CT. In the absense of the word sterling or certin other markings it's safe to presume the rest is silver plated and of limited commercial value.  Simon L & George H Rogers Company was one of the many to form the International Silver Company in the 1890's, the "X/TRA" was a trade name for a heavier deposit of silver as silver plate is a skin of pure silver over a non precious base metal.
If you like what you have, mixing patterns adds a nice touch to any occasion. Over time this "skin" of silver wears off and needs to be replenished. A change in color or acrid and metalic taste is a good indicator it's time to restore. You can fine restoration options online and depending where in Texas you are there may be a local jewelry, gift, table top store or bridal registry that offers this service.
If I can be of furthue service, feel free to post us back.
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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