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Where can you find antique community silverware?

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Antique Community silver-plated flatware, which was produced by Oneida, is typically available from online retailers that specialize in place settings or antique silver, such as Replacements.com. Popular marketplaces for used goods, like Etsy and eBay, are other possible sources for antique silverware.

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Oneida produced a variety of flatware patterns using the Community mark. The availability of specific patterns and pieces varies due to the uncertain nature of the antique and used-goods market. Oneida Community patterns are relatively common because they were mass-manufactured and widely available for more than 50 years.

Most of the flatware and hollow-ware pieces with a Community mark are silver-plated. Any sterling silver items would bear an additional mark "925." While sterling silver has an inherent value, silver-plate pieces are also valuable if the pattern is rare or if the piece has no damage.

"Community" is a mark that was utilized by the Oneida corporation. In 1899, Oneida Community began producing silver-plated hollow-ware and flatware with the "Community Plate" mark. In 1935, Oneida Community became Oneida Limited. Oneida continued producing flatware with the "Community Plate" mark through the 1970s. Throughout the years, Oneida has used a variety of marks bearing the word "community," including Community Diamond Plate, Community Par Plate and Community Reliance Plate.

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