This post is to help you determine if your tea set or flatware set is authentic. Authentic sterling tea sets and flatware sets are in high demand. Many of our competitors melt the sterling that comes in their door, we try to find it a new home. Come and visit and you will see the difference in service and pay out. We serve Ashland, Medford, Klamath Falls, Oregon as well as Yreka and surrounding areas.
How to determine if your item is authentic or plated:
If your items are made in America, look on the back or underside for the word Sterling or the Assay marking .925 if your item has this, it is sterling silver.
If your item has any of the following markings: 3x, 4x, Plate, Silver, Rogers etc and does not have the word Sterling or .925 it is without a doubt plated.
If your item is made in England, it should have a series of 4 stamps embeded (Not etched) into the silver. These markings will include an assay stamp such as a Leopard, lion, harp etc. the other markings will indicate date and silversmith. The professionals at J. Austin & Co will be able to use these markings to determine when and where the piece was made.
German items are often marked .800 which indicates it is made of 80 % silver alloy. We buy these items as well.
Items made in other countries need further testing to determine purity. If you are in doubt, bring it in for an evaluation.