Some readers may be familiar with "Pawn Stars", a reality TV show depicting certain operations of Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show has proved to be popular to wide audience. I have referred to a video of the owner, Rick, before in which he discusses sterling and silver plate acid-testing, Acid testing silver.
The show often features questions for the TV audience to consider during a commercial break. Mostly, they are multiple-choice questions with the potential answers listed. Recently, a question was posed that might interest those who like silver pieces. The question was, "What is the most common bad news the Pawn Stars give to customers?" The answer was, "The customer's 'Sterling Silver' flatware is actually plated."
So, just like many questioners who send me questions regarding their flatware, many people visiting this pawn shop must go away disappointed when they discover their silver plate flatware is not valuable.
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