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Is This Platter Sterling Silver or Plate?

Is This Platter Sterling Silver or Plate? - round silver tray with ornate edgeThis is stamped Reed and Barton 1126. A magnet doesn't stick to it and when I rubbed it with a white cloth it turned black. I can't find the exact plate on eBay under sold items or anything else online with this model number. I'm just wondering if it is older than the stamp law and/or silver. A similar item on eBay brought a pretty penny.

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Is This Platter Sterling Silver or Plate?
 

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

Sterling has to be marked as such. You most likely have silver plate. Any jeweler will be able to tell you.

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September 9, 20190 found this helpful

Not all Sterling silver is marked. Very old hand made pieces were never marked sterling silver. They had Mark's like a coat of arms. Back in the day there was zero reason to mark it sterling because there was no such thing as electroplating.

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A acid test is the best way to tell!

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

Many Reed pieces are still sought after by collectors, which is quite unusual.

A reputable silver dealer can tell you if it is plated or sterling.

I have found a few examples of the sterling platters like this selling, not asking prices, in the $400-1000 range. The plated sell for $15-50.

The prices are all about location and supply and demand. They do sell better around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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August 23, 20190 found this helpful

Take it to your nearest pawn shop and ask them if it is sterling or plated.
They will give you a low ball figure of worth (what they may buy it for).

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

If all you wish to know is whether it is sterling or silver plate, a pawn shop is the fastest and easiest place to ask.
I you want more information then I would suggest you contact Replacements.Com and ask them as they have information and can tell you the approximate value and if they are interested in buying.

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Send them pictures and size of tray.

www.replacements.com/contact-us.htm

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August 24, 20190 found this helpful

Reed and Barton sells silver plated and sterling silver fine quality products.

Sterling silver would most likely have been marked.

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August 25, 20190 found this helpful

It is normal when you rub it with a cloth it truns black this is tarnished and all silver and silver plate will turn black with tarnish. I do not see the silver stamp on the back of the plate so it is hard to tell if this is silver or silver plate.

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You will really need to take this to a jewler to see the amount of silver in the platter or how much plate and silver mixture is in the platter.

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