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SILVER GIFT ARTICLE
We offer a wide range of silver plated cutlery and gifts from this web site. Please check prices for cutlery patterns and gifts in silver plate here -
* Arthur Price of England - 3 grades of EPNS to choose from
* Sheffield Cutlery - 3 grades of EPNS to choose from
* Elkington - a generous 35 microns of silver
* silver plated wine goblets Silver Plate Gifts for Ladies
* Silver Plate Gifts for Men
* Silver Plate Gifts for Children
* Silver Plate Gifts for Everyone
* Silver Plate Bar/Drink Accessories
EPNS - What does that mean?
EPNS stands for "Electro Plated Nickel Silver". Nickel Silver (sometimes stainless steel) is the base metal onto which silver is plated. Despite its name, nickel silver contains no silver at all, but is an alloy of nickel, zinc & copper. A layer of pure silver is deposited electrolytically on the base metal to give a silver finish.
HOW MUCH SILVER?
The range of EPNS is plated to a very generous thickness of 35 microns. Very generally speaking, this equates to a probable lifetime of 35-50 years for pieces plated to this thickness but, of course, this time span can vary according to the level of usage and care of your silverware. Other manufcaturers have a choice of thicknesses of silver to suit all budgets.
Do beware of rival manufacturers who offer silver plate to a much thinner depth of silver plating. We have seen EPNS on offer on the web to as thin as 3 microns of silver.
SHOULD I USE A DISHWASHER?
We advise against the use of dishwashers for any cutlery. Please see our FAQ re Dishwasher Safety. No material is truly stainless and it is easy to spoil the condition and appearance of cutlery, particularly silver/silverplate cutlery, by inappropriate use of dishwashers and/or detergents.
QUALITY OF SILVER PLATE
Silver plate cutlery from our suppliers is a high quality material. 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.
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. Click below to check the range of cutlery available in our Showroom -