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SILVER PLATED CUTLERY,
FLATWARE & GIFTS - EPNS

silver plate cutlery

We offer a wide range of silver plated cutlery and gifts from this web site. Please check prices for cutlery patterns and gifts in silver plate here -

EPNS - What Does That Mean?

EPNS stands for "Electro Plated Nickel Silver". Nickel Silver (sometimes stainless steel) is the base metal onto which silver is plated. Despite its name, nickel silver contains no silver at all, but is an alloy of nickel, zinc & copper. A layer of pure silver is deposited electrolytically on the base metal to give a silver finish.

*EPSS stands for "Electro Plated Stainless Steel" and this is the current production style for Arthur Price of England silver plated ranges. This means that silver is plated onto a base metal of stainless steel rather than onto nickel silver.

The major practical difference between EPNS and EPSS is that EPNS is much more readily re-plateable in the future when the silver has worn down. EPSS might not be re-plateable so if you envisage that your cutlery may be suitable for re-plating at some future date, then our advice would be to opt for Sheffield Cutlery.

Common base metals include copper, brass, nickel silver - an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel - and Britannia metal - a tin alloy with 5-10% antimony.
Electroplated materials are often stamped EPNS for electroplated nickel silver, or EPBM for electroplated Britannia metal. EPBM is unsuitable for replating.

Re-Silverplating

We offer a re-plating service for cutlery and other items that you might feel are in need of a facelift. See our Re-silverplating Service page.
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How Much Silver?

The Sheffield Cutlery ranges are 10, 20 or 30 microns which the factory regards as 20, 30 or 40 year plate respectively.
The Arthur Price ranges are 10/12 microns for their 25 Year Plate or 35/40 microns for their Sovereign range.
The Elkington range of EPNS is plated to a generous thickness of 35 microns. Very generally speaking, this equates to a probable lifetime of 35-50 years for pieces plated to this thickness but, of course, this time span can vary according to the level of usage and care of your silverware.
Do beware of rival manufacturers who offer silver plate to a much thinner depth of silver plating. We have seen silver plate on offer on the web to as thin as 3 microns of silver.

Should I Use A Dishwasher?

We advise against the use of dishwashers for any cutlery. Please see our FAQ re Dishwasher Safety. No material is truly stainless and it is easy to spoil the condition and appearance of cutlery, particularly silver/silverplate cutlery, by inappropriate use of dishwashers and/or detergents.
We do have access to a re-polishing service.

Quality Of Silver Plate

Silver plate cutlery from our suppliers is a high quality material. Elkington, for example, have Quality Control registered to ISO 9002 and support internally with their own analytical and metallurgical laboratories to ensure that the tight controls on alloy composition, impurity limits, metallurgical structure, gold and silver plate standards are all maintained.

Silverplating was invented in the city of Sheffield and the craftsmanship associated with the trade has endured for centuries.

Silver plate cutlery will display that same "warm" patina appearance that silver cutlery has. Owning a set of this type of cutlery is sure to impress your friends and dinner party guest. Click below to check the range of cutlery available in our Showroom.

What Do The Inscriptions Mean On My Item?

Please see the following link for an explanation of he maker's marks and company information: Marks & Hallmarks Of English Silver Plate Makers.

British makers adopted a letter code to identify the base metal and/or the different silver plating process used on their plated items.
The most common was EPNS (Electro Plated Nickel Silver) but many other symbols were used:

  • EPBM (Electro Plated Britannia Metal)
  • EPCA (Electro Plated Copper Alloy)
  • ESM (Electro Plated Silver Mounts)
  • PGS (Plated German silver)
  • EPGS (Electro Plated German Silver)
  • BP (Britannia Plate)
  • MP (Magnetic/Magneto Plating)
  • PS (Plated Steel)
  • WP (White Metal Plated)
  • EP (Electro Plated)

The best quality was "A1" / "AI", then "A", "B", "C", and the lowest level was "D".

Silver Plate Price Comparisons

Item
Sheffield Cutlery
20 Year Silver Plate
10 Microns
Arthur Price Of England
25 Year Silver Plate
12/15 Microns
Sheffield Cutlery
30 Year Silver Plate
20 Microns
Sheffield Cutlery
40 Year Silver Plate
30 Microns
Arthur Price Of England
Sovereign Silver Plate
35/40 Microns
Loose Items
Coffee Spoon
£6.20
£7.25
£7.15
£7.65
£10.90
Dessert Fork
£8.60
£11.60
£9.65
£10.65
£18.85
Dessert Knife
£12.35
£15.25
£13.85
£15.40
£24.70
Dessert Spoon
£9.80
£10.90
£10.80
£11.80
£18.15
Table Fork
£10.25
£13.05
£11.25
£12.30
£21.05
Table Knife
£12.80
£16.70
£14.35
£15.90
£27.60
Fish Eater (Pair)
£18.30
£23.95
£20.40
£22.40
£39.95
Fish Fork
£8.60
£11.60
£9.65
£10.65
£18.85
Fish Blade
£9.70
£12.35
£10.75
£11.75
£21.05
Table/Serving Spoon
£12.65
£14.15
£14.15
£15.70
£25.40
Soup Spoon
£9.80
£10.90
£10.80
£11.80
£18.15
Tea Spoon
£6.60
£7.60
£7.20
£8.25
£13.05
Full Sets
7 Piece Set
£70.25
£86.05
£77.95
£86.10
£141.60
44 Piece Set
£446.65
£544.60 *
£496.00
£580.80
£900.40 *
Hostess Items
Cake Knife
£14.55
N/A
£16.60
£18.65
£32.70
Butter Knife
£12.55
£14.10
£15.60
£23.25
Cheese Knife
£12.55
£14.10
£15.60
£32.70
Pie Knife
£22.65
£24.70
£26.75
£39.95
Cream Ladle
£10.30
£11.35
£12.35
£23.25
Sauce Ladle
£20.05
£22.60
£26.75
£39.95
Soup Ladle
£51.00
£60.15
£69.30
£98.05
Pair Salad Servers
£30.00
£34.10
£38.20
£54.50
Pastry Fork
£6.30
£6.80
£7.30
£8.70
* - Includes Canteen.
Prices are per item/set and exclude postage and VAT.

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