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Registered: ‎11-12-2005

How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

I just bought a tray full of old silverware from a yard sale. Some of it just has Oneida Ltd. on the back and it is heavily tarnished. The forks are heavy and weigh 3 oz. each. It doesn't say silverplate so how do I tell if this is the real deal? There was also "Community Plate" in the lot. I only paid $2 so I can't wait to see it all cleaned up. Can anyone help?

Lisa
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gleamandglow
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Registered: ‎04-17-2005

How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

in reply to antiquememories1256
Hi:
I hope you get some responses. I am not a silver expert, but do know that Most usually Sterling is either marked Sterling or has a number engraved such as '925' that means sterling.

I would suggest a trip to your local library or even your local Antique Shop. In our shop we have a library of books available to our customers to look up the items they are interested in and the suggested value. I know that not all shops do this, but we are happy to help people determine the identity and value of items.

There are many makers of fine Sterling, including Gorham, but I believe that Community Plate and Rogers and Oneida are all Silverplate. There is also much older stuff called quadruple plate and Coin silver.

My lack of knowledge may prompt some silver dealers to post to your question. I hope so.

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mispaty
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How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

in reply to antiquememories1256
Hi tried posting before, but there was a glitch.

IMO G&G is right. When I go looking I always look for it to say sterling or to have a sterling mark.
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How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

in reply to antiquememories1256
Thank you so much for the reply. I do love the weight as it is much more solid than today's silverware. I plan to polish it and use it. I'm a vintage glass kind of girl, and have nearly a library of my own on depression and 50's era glass, but knew nothing of silver.

Lisa
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Registered: ‎12-25-2006

How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

in reply to antiquememories1256
I am no expert either, but I know William A. Rogers, Oneida Ltd go by pattern number as to whether or not they are sterling. Sometimes the same pattern (design) will be offered in both sterling and plate, but it will say on the piece or sticker (hah!). A cheap way to try and ID your silver is to visit Replacements.com who has an assortment of silver patterns, not just Oneida and William A. Rogers but some you never probably ever heard of. Even if you don't know the pattern such as in some cases with their silver not having the pattern number on them, you can get an idea of which patterns are sterling because they list them on Replacements.com. (given you have a little time). At least that is a start anyway.
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How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

in reply to antiquememories1256
You can also learn alot from their websites, or replacement websites about the items. My fav antiques place has a great library of info available for myself and the clerk. Spent many an hour there.
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How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

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Not completely perfect, but heavy is the first word that should make you start thinking Plate. Sterling is usually lightweight.
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How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

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Various flatware has been made by manufacturers who created in sterling..silver ..and silverplate..Unless clearly HALLMARKED ..you should suspect silverplate , not sterling or any other silver alloy.Oneida and Comunity were making plated pieces.The weight comes from base metal used to form the item.. DANA

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How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

in reply to antiquememories1256
Hi:
I am glad you got some answers to your question. I, too, would suggest that you go to your local library or your local Antiques store.

At our shop we have hundreds of books for identification of antiques and price values and we welcome any of our customers to look at the books anytime. That might be something informative for you. But as I told you before, most of the silver I sell says, "sterling" right on it or "silver plate" or has a number that indicates sterling.

It's fun to use the heavy, silver plate tho....just not as much fun to polish it!

However, it doesn't tarnish as fast if used as it does just sitting.

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Re: How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

in reply to antiquememories1256

This site is great for looking up markers.
http://www.925-1000.com/americansilver_O.html   - for Oneida Sterling


http://www.925-1000.com/silverplate_O.html         -For Oneida Silverplate.
Happy hunting.

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Re: How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

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A reply to an 8-year old post.  Interesting.  The original info provided is still correct.

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Re: How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

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I am an silver expert.  The way to tell the difference between silverplate & sterling flatware is very simple.   ALL sterling made in the U.S. is marked Sterling or marked 925/1000 or 925, with the exception of Sterling made by Kirk in the early 1900's.   There are no exceptions to this.  

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Re: How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

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finally !!! whew!

 

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Re: How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

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submariner7_1892tbd wrote:

I am an silver expert.  The way to tell the difference between silverplate & sterling flatware is very simple.   ALL sterling made in the U.S. is marked Sterling or marked 925/1000 or 925, with the exception of Sterling made by Kirk in the early 1900's.   There are no exceptions to this.  


Up until the Civil War, most American silver was Coin Silver, 900/1000 parts silver, rather than sterling, 925/1000 parts. Coin silver was oftentimes not marked at all, or marked only with the maker's name or initials.

 

You will pass up some really good early American silver if you insist on only buying pieces marked "Sterling".

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Registered: ‎12-22-2013

Re: How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

in reply to antiquememories1256

you might be the persone to ask I have a west germany pewter made with crystal its a one of a kind piece and still has the sticker made in west Germany any I dea what its worth ? 

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Re: How to tell real silver from silverplate when it's Oneida?

in reply to out4funpja2010

you need to start a new thread for a  new question.  also, pictues are essential.  if it is truely 'one of a kind' value cannot be determined.  the best place to judge values is ebay auctions.

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