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 Subject: silver tea set values Category: Family and Home > Food and Cooking Asked by: tcibound-ga List Price: \$5.00 Posted: 13 Sep 2005 08:52 PDT Expires: 13 Oct 2005 08:52 PDT Question ID: 567575
 ```How can one determine whether a tea set is sterling silver or silver plated? the only identifying factor to this layman is that the set was manufactured in India. Any help out there?```
 ```Calculate the density of the silver. Fill a bucket up with water to the top, place the silver in the bucket and measure the volume of the overflow water. Then weigh the silver. Divide the weight by the volume and you will get the density. http://www.allmeasures.com/Formulae/static/formulae/density/29.htm Will allow you to easily input your mass and volume in the units you measured them in. Pure silver is around 10.5 grams per centimeter cubed```
 ```That is, the silver (if such) should be about ten times as heavy as the volume of water displaced, or not much less. Is the tea service apparently old? Is it carved or engraved? Search for signs that plating has been worn through on the bottom edges of the pieces or from polishing. Take it to a store that sells such and compare the weight. Testing the silver may tell something. Electroplated items are plated with 100% silver, but sterling (92.5%) is less and, of course, an even lower silver content would indicated that it is not plated. If it comes from India, it is probably not Sheffield plate, a different process of applying silver to a base metal, whereby the silver would not have to be 100%. IF it is old, there is a pretty good chance that it is not plated, but the silver content could be well below that of sterling. I hope the set is attractive. That is the most important factor for your enjoyment. Good luck, Myoarin```