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What does WMF mean in silver?

What does WMF mean in silver?

WMF is the abbreviation for Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik, which means Württemberg Metal Factory and was created in 1880 in the small town of Geislingen on the river Steige (Geislingen an der Steige), after the succesful merger of two smaller silver plate foundries. This company is still active nowadays.

Are old silver dishes worth anything?

Silver is a valuable metal that has a long-lasting intrinsic value. Therefore, you can melt it down and sell it depending on the metal market. On the contrary, silver-plated items are only worth what the buyer has to offer. Unlike silver that has a melting value, silverplate doesn’t.

Is antique silver plated flatware worth anything?

Since there is only a small amount of silver on each item, there is no melting value for silverplate. Pieces that are more decorative, rare, and in good condition might sell for more money. Silverplate value is more about the antique market than it is about the metal market.

Is antique silver real silver?

Silver is often blended with a base metal (usually copper) to make its soft nature more malleable. Most antique silver is of sterling standard (about 92.5% pure silver to 7.5% base metal).

What does WMF 90 mean?

According to what I found, WMF 90 is silver-plate. The 9 in the box refers to grams of silver used.

What is the difference between silver and antique silver?

For a piece to be considered antique silver, it must be over 100 years old. Silver items from the nineteenth century and early twentieth would be classified as antiques. Vintage silver, on the other hand, is 50 years old or younger.

What does 90 mean on a spoon?

90 is the weight in grams used for silvering 12 forks and 12 spoons. 90 is the most frequent, but various other silver quantity of silver can be used in the process and the corresponding number is punched in silverplated flatware. (