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Thread: Flea market score

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    I was at the local flea market today and found a fork with old hallmarks on it including the rampant lion indicating it was sterling.

    I didn't have my scales but I risked $30 for it. When I got home I found it had $55.36 worth of silver in it. This means I got it for about 54% its value.

    The markings also indicate that it was made by John James Whiting in London in 1838 and that tax was paid to Queen Victoria(I think that was the year she was coronated).

    After 173 years it is still a perfectly fine fork and it cleaned up very nicely. I will eat with it for a few decades before I sell it.

    Still good deals to be had.

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    the story about the fork is probably worth as much as the fork.
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    makes you wonder , after 173 years ,how many have ate from
    that fork ????

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    Handle is gonna be steel core surely? I know the silver knives are like that.. I dont risk on cutlery purely for that reason..

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    Quote Originally Posted by uksilverhoarder View Post
    Handle is gonna be steel core surely? I know the silver knives are like that.. I dont risk on cutlery purely for that reason..
    Knives are like that because silver is to soft for a proper blade. The rampant lion hallmark signifies that it is solid sterling. You certainly don't want to try buying silverware without doing a bit of research first though.

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    Smile Sterling Fork

    Can you show use the hallmark lion so we know what it looks like? TKS.

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    I've never melted a fork or spoon thats had a hollow core yet out of 100's of sets. Knives are the only thing I have personally ran in to that has had hollow handles and steel blades. But its nothing a magnet would not find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cc dollar View Post
    Can you show use the hallmark lion so we know what it looks like? TKS.
    The rampant lion hallmark looks like this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ortofon View Post
    the story about the fork is probably worth as much as the fork.
    Or the DNA on the fork from someone of note.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HighInBC View Post
    The rampant lion hallmark looks like this:

    Damn good photography there, HighInBC ! ! !

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