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Friday, January 1, 2010

What is nickel silver?

"Nickel silver" is an interesting name because the metal alloy referenced by the name contains no silver! It's a mixture of copper, nickel and zinc. Its polished surface bears a resemblance to silver and is used for flatware and for many other things such as woodwind instruments.

Many nickel silver flatware patterns have also been electroplated with silver to create silver plate pieces. However, this is not always the case.

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Anonymous said...

I purchased a tea service several years ago that had E.P.N.S. stamped on the bottom along with Sheffield England. I did some research and found that this stands for electroplated nickel silver. I like it - when the silver wears, it's bright underneath. I've heard that E.P.N.S. is a British thing. I'd like to know more.

Silver Jim said...

It is correct that E.P.N.S. has been used by many companies in Great Britain. However, it also has been used by some American companies and by companies in other countries outside the U.S. and Great Britain.

A search of silver plate marks at will yield several examples.

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