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Railroad Silver13 of 21Silver O.W.R. & N. AwardTexas & Pacific Railroad Sterling
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Posted 6 years ago

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I have an item that is about 5 inches tall. I am assuming it is coffee/tea related as it is made to pour. The bottom is stamped "The Pullman Company IS International Silver Co Silver Souldered". From what I could find online, IS (International Silver) is only silver-plated, usually over copper. Also the fact that it is stamped with the Pullman Company may mean that it was a railroad piece.

There are several other markings on the bottom, I tried several times to take photos of the markings but they were all blurry with a glare.
-8 oz
- a heart
-the number 34 inside of a square
-what looks like a date ?-11-39

I am assuming that one of the latter two are producation dates.

Can anyone confirm if this was indeed made for railroad use, what exactly it is, and what it might be worth. Thanks

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  1. railnsail, 6 years ago
    You are correct. The piece is plated not Sterling. Silver soldered is a plating process that International Silver used on "hotel ware" pieces. The "34" inside the square denotes 1934 which was the year manufactured. Your piece is an 8oz. covered creamer made for the Pullman Company for their dining car service.

    Fairly common, a Pullman creamer cleaned up with no plating loss retails in today's market for around fifty bucks.
  2. TheWifeOfGlock TheWifeOfGlock, 6 years ago
    Thanks so much, that helps a lot!!
  3. anabelle, 6 years ago
    That type of silver (usually spelled "soldered") was make specifically for high useage hospitality purposes such as hotels and rail road lines. The value depends on the line or hotel and the age of the piece. It appeals to rail road silver collectors. A good way to check the value is to enter a description into Ebay and then check the completed auctions. What you will see is closer to the market value than the insurance value.

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