In this blog I would like to help you avoid a few common silver scrapbuying mistakes. The most common mistake my customers make is the purchase of silver plate material as sterling. This can be a costly mistake especially when you purchase a group of items such as a flatware set or a single purchase of a platter or tea set. First let’s look at the multitude of hallmark stamps that represent silver plate. I have often said that silver plate stamps are a little deceiving when they use the word silver in their name. The list below, of common silver plate hallmarks,does not represent all silver plate hallmark stamps but provides good examples of what you may encounter.