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I just purchased a old sugar spoon at a thrift shop. Has no markings saying silver plated. How do i tell if it's solid silver? Thank you


Virtually all sterling pieces were marked to indicate that fact. Most sterling pieces made in the U.S. since about 1870 will have the word, "Sterling", on the back or bottom. A few might have the number "925", which represents 92.5% silver content.

Sterling pieces made in other countries may use different marks.

It is highly likely that a thrift shop owner would have separated out any sterling pieces because the value is so much greater than silver plate pieces. Owners of shops like this generally are very knowledgeable regarding identification of valuable pieces.

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