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Saturday, May 18, 2013

What does EPNS mean on silver items?

Although my interest primarily relates to pieces made of sterling, I receive many questions about silver plate items. Perhaps the most common is, "What does 'EPNS' mean?"
The answer is that it's an indicator that a piece is made of silver plate. Other similar terms are:
  • EPNS
  • EP
  • EP over copper
  • EPBM
  • EPCA
  • EPGS
  • EPWM
  • EPNS A1
  • EPNS England
  • EPNS Sheffield
  • EPNS X1
See this article for a bit more information: What does 'EPNS' mean on my silver pieces?