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How can you tell if your items are “Sterling Silver” or “Silverplate”?

It’s actually easier than you may think. If your items are marked “Sterling”, “925”, or “925/1000”, your items will be Sterling Silver.

If your items are marked “ESPN” (Electro Plated Nickel Silver), “EP” (Electro Plated), “Plated”, “Silverplate”, or “IS” (International Silver), your items are most likely Silverplated, Even items marked “Quadruple Plate” are still “Silverplated” having nominal scrap silver value.

If your items have no markings, many reputable Jewelers and Gold Stores will test your items at no charge.

WHAT’S IT WORTH? Your Sterling Silver items will be worth at least the scrap silver value, and often many times scrap value, if your items are highly desirable and in unblemished condition. Having nominal “Scrap Silver” value, most Silverplate items also have nominal utilitarian value because so few want to polish silver today.

Mike Ivankovich is an Auctioneer, Appraiser, Home Downsizing Expert, and host of the “What’s It Worth? Ask Mike the Appraiser” Radio Show that airs live in the Philadelphia PA area on Friday mornings from 9-10 AM EST on WBCB 1490 AM and on the Internet at:   His show also airs in Denver CO on KEZW Cruisin 1430 AM on Saturdays from 3-4 PM MST & Sundays from 11 AM-12 Noon MST, and on the Internet at:

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