These three texts often serve as a good starting point for those who wish to learn more about the history of silver production.
Any piece with this maker's mark cannot be earlier than the mid-1970s.
More often than not, you can find an indented mark or a series of marks that can tell you a lot about the item: what it's made of, where it was made, when, and by whom.
First, the lady's head was die-stamped, then a sheet of silver was soldered on the back.
A magnet will firmly stick to a silverplated item, but it will not adhere to sterling silver.
Engraving Cutting a design into a piece using an engraving tool.