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What does community plate mean on silverware?

Last Updated: 26th March, 2021

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Community Plate is one of the brands or "marks" of silver-plated flatware made by the Oneida Community beginning in 1899. Silver plating is a process by which a thin layer of silver is applied to an alloy of base metals.

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Similarly, it is asked, is Community Plate silverware worth anything?

Silverplate flatware doesn't have a melt value like sterling silverware, and with a lower silver content, it is generally worth much less than sterling silver. Pawn shops will typically not buy silverplated flatware, but silver dealers such as Replacements will. You can also get a price list from their website.

Additionally, what does extra plate mean on silverware? It means that there is a little more silver in it than just your normal silver plate. In a spoon, it would be the curved part inside, places that get more warn over time.

Then, what is Oneida Community Plate?

A -- The Oneida Community, Ltd., produced silver-plated flatware bearing the Community Plate mark. John Humphrey Noyes founded the Oneida Community, located in Oneida, N.Y., in 1848. In 1901 Oneida introduced the Avalon pattern, the first pattern in its new "Community Silver," later "Community Plate" line.

How do you tell if silverware is pure silver?

Look for a mark on the silverware of 925, STERLING or 925/1000. The mark is usually found on the underside of the piece of flatware. One of these marks is a surefire way to tell if your flatware is made of sterling silver. Put a magnet on the silverware to see if it is attracted to it.

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