What is silverware (tableware)? Now chances are good that it might at first seem like a pretty silly question with a straightforward answer, right? The truth be told, it’s actually not that simple as we shall explain…

It might come as a surprise, but in a modern sense the term “silverware” can refer to household items such as flatware and cutlery that contains no silver whatsoever. However, the term was historically exclusively used to refer to household items that were indeed made of silver. We at Silver Bullion prefer to stick to the old definition of the term since we’re only interested in items that do contain a substantial percentage of silver. In fact, except where we specifically mention otherwise, when we refer to “silverware” or “tableware” here at the Silver Bullion website, it’s always in reference to household silver such as silver dishware (crockery), silver cutlery and silver drinkware (silver drinking vessels) that are:

  • Non-plated: Non-plated here refers to silverware (tableware) that doesn’t consist of silver plate as created in the Sheffield plating process where copper and silver are used in a layered combination. This includes modern day electroplating processes where a base metal such as copper, nickel or zinc are plated or coated with a thin layer of pure silver by means of electrolysis. In fact, we are only interested in silverware (tableware) that is made of either sterling silver or coin silver.
  • Collector’s value:  Silverware (tableware) that might or might not have collector’s value attached to it such as antique silverware (tableware).
  • Non-filled:Non-filled here refers to silverware (tableware) that doesn’t consist of non-precious metal fillers such stainless steel, concrete, wax and plaster, which in some instances are used to add strength to silverware (tableware).

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