My Mom and I are going through her closet and we found a metal serving dish with a lid - just the bowl was marked "WM Rogers 862". The lid had no markings.
I searched on a "What does the mark 862 mean on a metal bowl?" and I swear I was unable to find a response confirming if it was sterling silver.
Even Wikipedia was not able to help......which mean it is not sterling we could sell for $250 to $300, based on the bowl's weight and the price of about $30 an ounce?
Before I go to a sell it, am I correct?
W M Rogers is silver-plate wedding registry stuff, not gonna retire on the proceeds...sorry.
Sterling silver alloy is 925. An alloy of 862 has less silver content.
r1 is correct. It's silver plated, not actual silver. Google "WM Rogers 862" and see for yourself.
Silver stinks when it isn't shined regularly.
I mean this with all due sincerity, OP: you really couldn't find out that this was a $30 bowl by simply googling "WM Rogers 862?"
"862" is probably a model number; it's not a number commonly used to represent purity (e.g., .900, .925, .800). As mentioned, it's electroplated a/k/a silver-plated, and has very little value.
I ended up with one of those family gems from a deceased relative. It was a set of china called Blue Willow made in Occupied Japan. I never used it and kept it boxed up for several years. I looked it up on eBay and found it was no significant monetary value. I'm not sure what I was expecting but always thought the 'Occupied Japan' marking would be unique or rare. It wasn't.
We also found a sheet of stamps that looked old, but the airplane was upside down so we just tossed them.
Good one, op!
Philately humor? Be still, my heart!
Thrift shops are loaded with old silverplate serving pieces, no one wants the stuff.
Learn how to use Google, gramps.
I have 8 place settings of sterling silver plus all the serving pieces.
Wonder how much I could sell it for at one of those places that buys silver and gold ?
Dealer for many years. Check closed ebay auctions for your pattern to see what the resale value is. Most silver will bring more money sold as tableware than as scrap, especially if the condition is good. If all scratched up it can be hard to sell.
Some patterns sell well beyond the scrap value and are sought after and very collectible. It also depends on how popular the pattern is or was.
When selling old china and silver the most popular ones bring the most money because more people are looking to add to or replace what they have.
Should be noted that silver prices are low right now. That price is also reflected no matter how it is sold. Unless you need the money I would wait hoping the market picked up.