Question: What does Epns mean on my silver pieces?

EPNS: Electroplated nickel silver, commonly known as EPNS, is an alloy of nickel, copper, and zinc thats covered with a layer of pure silver in an electrochemical process. Silver Soldered: This is another way of signifying that the piece is silver-plated.

What is the difference between silver plated and electroplated?

Real silverplate, also known as Sheffield plate, is a process that fuses a bar of silver to a bar of copper. Electroplating is a process used to deposit a layer of silver on a cheaper metal, also to give the appearance of pure silver.

What is the difference between Epns and silver plate?

To identify silver plate, look for places where the thin layer of silver has worn away, revealing the base metal underneath. If the exposed base metal is a pale yellow, then the item is EPNS.

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