Do You Own Silver-Plated or Pure Silver Items? This Online Encyclopedia Helps You Identify them Fast

Did you just inherit a pair of silver salad serving spoons from your grandmother? Or did you just acquire a large quantity of older silver or silver-plated cutlery?

Image showing sterling silver flatware and hollowware that Specialty Metals can refine and recycle profitably for your company.

No matter how few or how many silver items you own, you probably have a lot of questions on your mind. Yes, the pieces that you own are stamped with little markings on the underside of their handles. But what do they mean? How can you identify the company that made the items that you own? How can you tell whether they are pure silver or silver-plated? And most important of all, is your silver likely to be worth a lot of money or only a few dollars?

If you’re asking questions like those, you need to know about’s Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks, and Maker’s Marks, available for instant research online. It’s a vast online reference to silverware patterns, markings, manufacturers, and more. Best of all, it contains thousands of images of the markings that are stamped on the silverware items that you own. It may take a little time and digging to identify just what you have. But the good news is, you are almost certain to learn more about your holdings.

Here are some of the features of this remarkable online resource for owners of silver items.

  • A library of images of marks and hallmarks and stampings from America, Great Britain, France, Italy, and many more countries.
  • A database of manufacturing dates and critical information about silverware that was produced by the world’s most important manufacturers, including Tiffany, Lunt, and more.
  • A collection of images of silverware patterns that helps you identify what you own.
  • Links to dozens of online resources and books about silver.

What Is Your Silverware and Silver-plated Tableware Worth?

The Online Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks, and Maker’s Marks doesn’t list values for the pieces of silver tableware that it has catalogued. That’s a job for an appraiser who specializes in silverware.

If you complete your research with an appraiser and determine that the real value of the items you own is contained in the silver that they contain, call Specialty Metals Smelters and Refiners at 800-426-2344. We’ll be happy to discuss your silverware with you and explain how we can help you realize the greatest return by letting us refine and recycle your silver and silver-plated items.

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