The return of heirloom silverware, By Shelagh McNally. Spotting real silverware and how to tell if it’s a fake Of course, you need to make sure the piece you are buying is sterling silver and not a cheaper metal version that is only silver-plated. Look for a 925 stamp (also known as a hallmark) on the bottom. If the piece doesn’t have the mark, it’s not sterling silver.
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I'm really loving hand-stamped metal these last few years. These tiny hearts on a pair of pretty vintage silver forks, is quite lovely. A nice 'Mom & Dad' pair for when there's a bigger set of us ;) -KWA