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Silver or silver plated


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Hi all 

I've got and Ercuis spoon and fork and didn't know if they are silver or silver plated. I'm useless with hallmarks. I've tried to get a picture but it so small my phone camera won't pick it up very well.

I'm thinking there plated but still nice to have your expert opinion 




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11 hours ago, James32 said:

I've no idea tbh but apparently if you eat lobster with them (real silver will react with lobster and make it swim again) 🙈🤸‍♀️🎺🤸‍♂️

Thanks for the info I'll give that a try do love a bit of lobster so hopefully he don't swim off to fast

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Usually, the number stamped on silver plated cutlery is showing the quantity of pure silver used to produce a set of 12+12 pieces.

So a thick silver plate fork can have stamped 90, 100, 120, a thin one will have 20, 40 or 60. More details about silver plated articles you can find on this page: https://www.925-1000.com/a_platenumbers.html

A continental solid silver fork is stamped 800, 830, 850, 900, showing the percentage of silver used for that specific alloy. More interesting informations about marks you can find on this page: http://www.silvercollection.it/sitemaphallmarks.html

Your spoon and fork are most probably silver plated, made in the middle of last century by french manufacturer Ercuis, using 60g of pure silver for 12 spoons and 12 forks, with an average of 2.5g silver/piece when new.

Kindest regards,


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