Silver butter knife

I was wondering if anyone could help me to decipher the symbols on this silver butter knife.

The knife is part of a set of six that

I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away some forty years ago.

My grandmother was a British citizen but lived in San Francisco for over twenty years before returning to the UK sometime in the 1940s.

She was also widely traveled so I´m unsure as to which country they were made.

I would be most grateful if somebody could shed some light on this for me.

Many thanks,


Unfortunately I have to tell you that this is not silver. The letters are EPNS which stands for electroplated nickel silver. The butter knife blades are therefore made of a base metal alloy (nickel silver), which contains no silver whatsoever, with a microscopically thin layer of pure silver on the surface. The abbreviation is a generic one used by many manufacturers, mainly in English-speaking countries, so it is not possible to assign either origin or date.


Thanks a lot for your expert advice Phil, you certainly know your stuff! - I was just curious after finding them in my attic where they´d been sitting in a presentation box for years and wondered if they were antique or not.
Now I know and thanks again :sweat_smile: :+1: