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jkmartin1964




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Posted: 28/02/2011 
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Just received a big box of silverware, not sure if it is sterling or real silver. Found 12 DWT on alot of the silverware just wondering what this stands for. Can you help?
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silvertt




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Posted: 28/02/2011 
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Hi there dwt is the abbreviation for pennyweight which is one twentieth of a troy ounce. Often pawnbrokers would scratch the weight on the base of a silver article taken in pawn.
Hope this helps.
Tony
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jkmartin1964




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Posted: 28/02/2011 
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this looks like it is stamped on the silver. How can we tell if it is true silver or silver plated? We are very new to all this.
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silvermakersmarks
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Posted: 28/02/2011 
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12 DWT in this case is almost certainly an indicator of silver plate. It refers to the amount of pure silver used to plate a given number of items (normally 12).
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