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argent_pur
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Posted - 09/01/2010 :  19:36:06  Show Profile Send argent_pur a Private Message
Hey guys, I have a question for you--I bought some scrap sterling flatware on ebay a few days ago and I noticed one of the forks has a small chip in the topside of the handle, revealing a black(ish) material underneath. The maker is Gorham and all the appropriate marks are there (lion, anchor, etc..) plus "STERLING" though it's very worn. I checked the marks against the product line (King George c. 1894) and it all checks out fine. My question is--could this material be a filler? I've never heard of forks having fillers, only knives, candlesticks, etc...

Any help would be appreciated, thanks

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wayne1956
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Posted - 09/01/2010 :  20:16:03  Show Profile Send wayne1956 a Private Message
Are you sure is just not the silver tarnishing?
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argent_pur
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Posted - 09/01/2010 :  20:55:01  Show Profile Send argent_pur a Private Message
It's not a surface tarnish, it's a chip for sure...
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harper
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Posted - 09/01/2010 :  21:53:13  Show Profile Send harper a Private Message
I think wayne meant "is the black substance inside the chip tarnished silver?"

the "worn" sterling stamp would make me a little suspicious, but I doubt it would be worth the effort to forge such a thing.
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wayne1956
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Posted - 09/01/2010 :  22:01:16  Show Profile Send wayne1956 a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by harper

I think wayne meant "is the black substance inside the chip tarnished silver?"


Bingo, that is what I meant.
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argent_pur
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Posted - 09/01/2010 :  23:22:23  Show Profile Send argent_pur a Private Message
Ah, well that could be...I used some Conisseurs (sp?) sterling cleaner and it didn't take it off, but it seemed to lighten it a wee bit, so yeah it could just be tarnish. Good call, wayne

I wasn't really worried about a forgery, I agree with you harper, I don't think it would be worth copying unless it was a rare piece. This is just scrap and was described as such.
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cpthnsolo
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Posted - 09/03/2010 :  16:16:45  Show Profile Send cpthnsolo a Private Message
I only have a half dozen or so pieces of sterling but it seems strange to me that the piece has the Lion stamp and says sterling. Is that common on English sterling?

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harper
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Posted - 09/04/2010 :  03:43:16  Show Profile Send harper a Private Message
the lion referes to the maker? I didn't look at the site, but I bet it explains it there


quote:
Originally posted by cpthnsolo

I only have a half dozen or so pieces of sterling but it seems strange to me that the piece has the Lion stamp and says sterling. Is that common on English sterling?

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argent_pur
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Posted - 09/04/2010 :  11:00:32  Show Profile Send argent_pur a Private Message
Yes, the lion and anchor (as well as a third mark that I'm forgetting at the moment) are all Gorham Marks. The black stuff was tarnish, BTW, so good call Wayne
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Flbandit
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Posted - 09/04/2010 :  13:14:22  Show Profile Send Flbandit a Private Message
That is a cool site, I've surfed it a few times. Lot's and lot's of info.

Are you throwing that out?
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