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Monday, October 1, 2012

What is this?

A blog reader purchased this item on eBay. It's from Walker & Hall and is just under 5 inches long. The seller said it was a sardine server.
The buyer wonders if this truly is a sardine server. You can't tell from the picture but the bowl slants downward. Normally, a serving piece is designed to be used with the pattern facing up. For this piece, the angle of the bowl with respect to the pattern does not make sense for a sardine server.
If you have any ideas, post a comment.


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Holmes & Edwards Inlaid Silver

For some reason, I've received a number of questions lately regarding Holmes & Edwards Inlaid Silver. Here's an article I wrote that should answer most questions. If it does not, leave a comment or send an email to me.

Westmorland Sterling Notes

Those of you interested in Westmorland (often misspelled Westmoreland) sterling might find these two articles interesting:
About three days after writing the first article, I acquired a set of Westmorland Milburn Rose that included some interesting information about Westmorland during wartime. So, I wrote the second article while it was on my mind.

If there are any topics you would like to have added to this blog, feel free to email me at

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Weighted Sterling Candlestick - Case Study

When trying to determine the actual amount of silver in a weighted sterling piece, it helps to have many examples upon which you can rely regarding true silver content. Here's another.

The picture below depicts a Reed and Barton weighted sterling candlestick - on the left is the original candlestick and on the right is the weighting material after the sterling casing was removed.

The original candlestick weighed 228 grams. The weight of the sterling outer casing after being removed weighed 28 grams.  So, only 12.3% of the weight of the original piece was sterling.

If you try to remove the sterling casing from a piece like this, you might be interested in the picture below. The nails form a support for the weighting material, somewhat like rebar rods inside concrete. Be careful!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Acid Testing Silver - A Video

Hello, Readers! It's been a while since I posted and I apologize for that. I'll try to do better.

I ran across a video recently that talks about silver content in various types of pieces. But the thing that was really interesting was the demonstration of the use of nitric acid to test for silver content.

The video narrator is Rick Harrison, one of the stars of The Pawn Stars on the History Channel. Rick is an entertaining guy and he does a good job of explaining. You can find the video here:
It's only a couple of minutes long and is worth the time to view it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Wanted: Frank Whiting Princess Ingrid

A blog reader has asked for help in locating anyone who wants to sell some "Princess Ingrid" by Frank Whiting. If you fit this mold, click on "Email Silver Jim" in the right column and send us an email.