How can I tell what lind of silver it is?
Just getting around to unpacking stuff my mother left which has been in storage for years. Found a rather pretty old, large, heavy silver (?) oval shallow tray with a cast trim around the edge of roses and festoons. It was heavily tarnished, but silver polish has made it beautiful again.
Thing is, I can find no marks of any kind on it. Obviously it's silver, at least the outside is, but there appear to be no hallmarks or even "company name" and pretend marks such as you get on plated silver. some pretty good scratches on the back reveal no base metal. Ideas?