Silverware describes various eating utensils like knives, spoons, forks, and other items such as platters, bowls, pitchers, spoons, candlesticks, and cups. However, just because it is referred to as silverware doesn’t mean it has been manufactured from real silver. These days, materials such as stainless steel, silver-plated metal, or even pewter are sometimes used.
Genuine silver flatware will be that which comprises 92.5% silver, with 7.5% of another base metal such as copper. In addition, accurate silver items will either carry a mark reading ‘Sterling Silver or 925 to indicate their authenticity. If no such marks can be found anywhere on your item, chances are that it will not be made from real silver. In cases where you’re unsure, it’s recommended that you have your items inspected by an antique expert.