This means that silver is plated onto a base metal of stainless steel rather than onto nickel silver.Some Hostess items from the Sheffield factory are now produced in the EPSS version.That standard means an item is made of 92.5% pure silver.

Now I would like to offer some tips on how to determine whether a given object is silver, Old Sheffield Plate or silverplate.

In England silver has been marked in some manner since the 12th century when it was first regulated by Parliament.

You may be sure that an object bearing this mark is English sterling silver made after 1719.

In addition to the Lion Passant there are other marks which give more information about the sterling silver object.

The major practical difference between EPNS and EPSS is that EPNS is much more readily re-plateable in the future when the silver has worn down.

EPSS might not be re-plateable so if you envisage that your cutlery may be suitable for re-plating at some future date, then our advice would be to opt for .

Elkington, for example, have Quality Control registered to ISO 9002 and support internally with their own analytical and metallurgical laboratories to ensure that the tight controls on alloy composition, impurity limits, metallurgical structure, gold and silver plate standards are all maintained.

In Part I, I gave a brief history of the development of the British silverplating industry in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Silver plate cutlery will display that same "warm" patina appearance that silver cutlery has.

Owning a set of this type of cutlery is sure to impress your friends and dinner party guest.

The Arthur Price ranges are 10/12 microns for their 25 Year Plate or 35/40 microns for their Sovereign Range.