The marks on a silver tea set give information about its history and composition. Silver tea set markings usually include a maker's mark, and may include an assayer's mark and/or hallmark, as well as information about th... More » Home & Garden Kitchen Tableware

According to eBay, one way to find out if a sterling-silver tea set is made out of real silver is to pay attention to its coloring. Most silver is mixed with other alloys such as copper. Low-grade silver often has a slig... More »

The best way to test a tea set to check whether or not it is sterling silver is to use nitric acid. This should be applied to a small scratch on the item. If it turns a cloudy gray color, it is sterling silver. More » Home & Garden Kitchen
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