How do I know my flatware set is actually sterling silver?
Genuine sterling silver flatware sets will always bear a fineness marking, such as “Sterling” or “925″. Items marked “Plate”, “EPNS”, “EP”, or “Nickel Silver”, or which do not contain a fineness stamp, are not sterling silver.
Some foreign pieces may contain “hallmarks” or symbols in place of a text marking such as “Sterling.” These items are also sterling silver (or may be even higher in purity) and can be purchased. We can assist you in determining the meaning of markings on your pieces.
If you can’t find a marking, we are still glad to take a look at your items with no obligation.