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I have received a piece that looks like an urn and the number is 550. Are you familiar with urns from Webster Wilcox? It looks very old and I want to know if it is silver or silver plated? Is this enough information to be able to help me?

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Hello.

Webster-Wilcox was formed as a subsidiary of International Silver Company in 1960 ( see http://www.925-1000.com/silverplate_W2.html ) Virtually all silver companies in the U.S. place the word, "Sterling", on pieces made of sterling. A few use the number "925". Since "Sterling" is not on your piece, we can safely assume it's made of silver plate.

Best wishes,

Jim

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Jim Stringer

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

Education/Credentials
BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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