Silver and Flatware/Lancaster Silver Co
I recently purchased this platter at a rummage sale. It may be sterling, as it is quite heavy (as heavy as my mother's sterling platters), but it does not have any markings other than "Lancaster Silver Co" stamped on the back. I cannot find any information online about either that company or anything that looks like my platter. It measures 13 inches across and 16 1/2 inches across from the edges of the handles. The engraved design on the plate part shows scrolls and flowers. Do you have any information about this piece, such as details about the company, if it is sterling or plated, and the value? Thank you so much for your time.
The only Lancaster company in my references is Lancaster Silver Plate Co. of Lancaster, PA. The reference states the plant was destroyed by fire in 1893 but does not state whether they rebuilt to not.
I doubt your platter is made of sterling. The metal underlying a silver plate surface can be quite heavy. Generally, platters like this don't have a lot of value but since yours is large and has handles, it might be worth a little more. My guess is the $25 to $50 range. You can find platters like this listed for much higher prices by dealers but an individual cannot command those prices.
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