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hello, I have a Walker & Hall 4 slice toaster rack. According to hallmark on top side of bottom rim (W&H/crown/lion/C). it dates to 1826. On bottom side of rim hallmark W&H inside a flag along with serial number and walker & hall Sheffield. I took it in to get tested for silver, they said it has silver in it but reacts different to sterling. any thoughts to why?

The only thing that comes to mind is the metal that was mixed with the silver at the time to create sterling. I do not know if that could make a difference.

You might ask the folks at Replacements Ltd. They have a large staff of experts.

Sorry I could not help.

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Jim Stringer


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