Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Silver Plate....or is it Silverplate - whichever it it we buy it!

Silver plate is the process of bonding an extremely thin layer (measured in microns) of silver to a base metal. The base metals most commonly used are copper, brass, white metal, or nickel. 
This layer of silver is so thin and nearly impossible to recover from the item. Silverplate has no intrinsic silver value. It has very little resale value as tableware. If you are like me, even garage sales do not bring anything for these items. 
BUT.....we here at Turn It To Cash buy silver plated items. Sure it's not as valuable as sterling silver, but at least its not a zero payout! By the way, we buy Gold Plated items also! 

The markings on Silver plated items that you will commonly find are:
EP (Electroplate) 
EPNS (electroplated nickel silver)
Sheffield (older stamps)
Alpaca
Quad Plate
Silver on Copper
Triple Plate
You will sometimes also see just 'Silver' - do not let that fool you into thinking this is Sterling Silver as manufacturers are not allowed to use the word "Sterling" on plated items, so you will never see the term "Sterling Plated".

Serving trays, coffee service sets, flatware sets, mismatched forks and spoons, bowls, covered dishes, platters - these are just some of the items we buy in silver plated. 


If you are unsure of what you have, if it is a Sterling item or a silver plated item, please bring your pieces in and we can take a closer look at the items and help you identify them. This of course is always done free of charge and right in front of you. 





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