What does Epns mean on brass?
Nickel silver first became popular as a base metal for silver-plated cutlery and other silverware, notably the electroplated wares called EPNS (electroplated nickel silver).
What is the difference between Epns and silver-plated?
To identify silver plate, look for places where the thin layer of silver has worn away, revealing the base metal underneath. If the exposed base metal is a pale yellow, then the item is EPNS.
How do you clean Epns A1 cutlery?
Wash gently in warm water and a solution of washing up liquid being careful not to have the water too hot as silver is a delicate metal. Wash a few pieces of cutlery at a time. Avoid loading all cutlery in the sink at once.
How can you tell an EPN from a Sheffield plate?
EPNS can usually be distinguished from solid silver and Sheffield plate through markings and patterns of wear. Look first for any markings on the item. EPNS items will usually be stamped “E.P.N.S.,” “E..P” for electroplate or “A1” for highest quality.
How can you tell if something is EPNs?
Look first for any markings on the item. EPNS items will usually be stamped “E.P.N.S.,” “E..P” for electroplate or “A1” for highest quality. The presence of any of these marks is a sure sign that the piece is made from EPNS.
What does EPNs stand for in Metal category?
Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images The term “EPNS” stands for electroplated nickel silver. This is a process by which a very thin layer of silver is applied to a nickel base electrochemically.
Where can I find EPNs for electroplate silver?
Electroplated materials are often stamped EPNS for electroplated nickel on silver, or EPBM for electroplated Britannia metal. Wholesale and jeweller active at 18 – 20 Thomas Street, Machester (1900). Possible connection with A&G Marks, claiming “Cutlery and Electroplate by the best makers” Active at Napier St, Sheffield (1900-1907).