Thank you Silvermakersmarks for your opinion. I have searched high and low for more information on these items and am unable to find anything.
I cannot offer comment one way or the other on the Hallmarks. As you said the photos are not very clear and the seller himself struggles to identify them.
Ive done a little reading about oxidation of silver, i believe some of it was a sticky on this site. Plating will tarnish to a virtual black because it is pure silver, while sterling will oxidize to a lighter purple or even brownish yellow due to the lower silver content. Am i understanding this correctly? I have seen photos of other silver items which had a ‘brown’ tarnish so the brown on these items is not my biggest consern.
Im 99.9% certain that the white metal Imrie Risley figurine that ive got is solid throughout.
If the silver scrooge has a hollow spot, its is very very very coincidental that the 2 figurines weigh almost exactly the same. If my white metal imrie risley figurine were silver, and comparing how similar the two items are, then a silver scrooge should weigh nearly 66 grams as opposed to 44 grams.
Disclaimer, my white metal figurine is described as 5.4 cm tall. I hold a scale up to it and it looks closer to 5.7mm tall. If the 2 items are from the same mfg, and to explain the small height difference, Im thinking that the seller of the silver figurine may have rounded 5.7cm up to 6.0 cm.
Even so, a virtual 22 gram difference between white metal weight and silver weight is much more a difference than a millimeter in height would account for. Is the silver scrooge hollow in the middle, bringing the weight down to 44 grams? Possible i suppose, but very coincidental.
Yes, i suppose i could buy the item and try to deduce if it is solid sterling, rather than just plated, and return the item for a refund if i find it not to be as it was advertised.
So, how would i go about doing that? A magnet does not stick to white metal. Cutting into the figurine past a silver plating would not necessarily be proof because white metal has a ‘silver’ color throughout, although i imagine that sterling is softer and might feel softer to a saw or file than white metal?..none the less, to ‘cut’ into an item is not something i would consider doing.
If these items are truely sterling, and weigh 40 or 60 grams each, then one would think that considering todays price of silver, people would be bidding on these items which are priced considerably below melt value. Maybe the fact that there are no bids on these items indicates that people know more about wether these are truely slver or not. The ‘No bids-doubtful theyre silver’ mentality…etc.