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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have a teaspoon bearing a mark on the back of the handle:

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I have a teaspoon bearing a mark on the back of the handle: "INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO" and "USN" as well as an anchor emblem on the front. It does appear to be silver with no sign of any tarnish or discoloration. Any idea what the percentage silver this spoon is?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.
Do you see any of these on your spoon -
the word "sterling"
the number 925
the number 950
the numbers 800, 830, or 850?
Kind regards,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No. The only words or numbers are those which I described. Of course, there also is a "design" on the spoon, but no other words or numbers. I do know that this spoon is at least 35 years old.
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
The International Silver Co was founded in 1898 when several silver companies decided to join together to form one company.
The International Silver Co of Connecticut has evolved over the years into a very large company known primarily for its reasonable plated silver.
In the absence of any other marks, your spoon is plated silver and one used by or as a souvenir of the U S Navy (USN) The anchor is a symbol of the U S Navy.
Unfortunately it does not have a large monetary value as many were made and it is plated silver.
I am a silver specialist.
My research and experience indicate that your spoon has a retail vintage store value of $35-45 to a oollector.
A private seller to a dealer can expect 40-60% of retail value.
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Kind regards.
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
Hi there!
I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help?
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