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Sterling Silver Glossary: Alaska Silver

Alaska silver: Base metal of secret composition. According to contemporary ads, "its purpose is to imitate solid silver at a fraction of the cost." It is subject to damage if left 12 hours or more in acid foods, fats or grease. It is also a trade name used on silver-plated flatware sold by Sears Roebuck & Co., c. 1908. In the 1908 catalog was the statement that Alaska Metal was their special formula of composition metal made to imitate solid silver. Contains no silver.

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