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Solid Sterling or Weighted?

Hi, I am looking for answers concerning a pair of 12" sterling candlesticks--made by Matthews Co. (manufacturing from 1910-1936, I believe) and marked with only 'sterling 53' and the Matthews makers mark. There is no mention of the items being weighted or reinforced on the bottom. Does this mean that they are solid sterling? Thanks for any help you can offer!

Re: Solid Sterling or Weighted?

It is difficult to discern whether your candlesticks are all sterling or whether some of the weight of the sticks is in the base in the form of resin or plaster.

Does the base have a bottom to it or is it open? To be filled the base would normally have a bottom and the bottom whould be turned up onto the base to seal in the resin or fill. Perhaps you could send me images and that might help.


Re: Re: Solid Sterling or Weighted?

Hi, the bottoms of these candlesticks are sealed-- as though it is possible that they are weighted with some material inside... but there are no 'weighted' or 'cement loaded' markings to be found. It is usual for makers to weight their items without indicating so with a mark? I had always assumed that by law an items contents had to be specifically stated so as to avoid confusion--I'm sorry that I have no images to offer, here-- your best guess is greatly appreciated.
As you can imagine, value for insurance purposes would vary greatly depending on the answer. Thanks again!

Re: Re: Re: Solid Sterling or Weighted?

I am not familiar with items produced by Matthews Silver. I would suspect the bases are filled or weighted. This is only a guess since I cannot see or handle the candlesticks. You might get the opinion of a local smith or antique dealer who specializes in silver.