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From what I could find on the internet those letters stand for ElectroPlated Nickel Silver. Is this considered a cheap or expensive way of silver plating something?

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Yes, pretty much the case.
 
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Thanks Conrad, which is it though, cheap or expensive way?
 
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Sorry.
Electroplating is very inexpensive as the plating is VERY thin and nickel Silver is not actually silver.
More information on Nickel Silver in link below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nickel_silver
 
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Thanks for the link Conrad. So that is why the set is very dull instead of shiny because it actually has no silver in it. I can't find any other markings on it other than that so I guess there is no way to trace the manufacturer or find the date of manufacture. Still I think it's pretty even if it's not silver plate. I guess then all that's needed to keep it clean is to just wipe it off occasionally.

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The set could be polished. Unless it is worn through. It is still a very nice set. Well worth keeping and displaying.
 
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Thanks for the reply, no, it's not worn through at all. It pretty much looks brand new in fact. Is it polished with regular silver polish like we use on the silver plate or some other way?
 
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Yes, they have the same design them. I just wish I could find some other kind of markings to show the manufacturer.
 
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yes, regular silver polish! I use Wrights.
 
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A bit more involved than that. First wash with phosphate and scent free dish soap, then you use equal parts of glass cleaner and vinegar and using a cotton ball you wipe it down and dry off with a soft cloth. Then you apply the silver polish and buff to a nice shine. It makes even German silver look nice.
 
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