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Although they're solid metal rather than plated, they contain less silver than sterling does.

These lower-grade compounds are often less costly than silver plate but don't polish up as brightly.

By industry practice, AA has one-third again as much silver used in the plating as does A1.

Like faux hallmarks, the terms "sterling inlaid" and "silver soldered" attempt to improve their status by association, here, with sterling silver.

The spoon at center is sterling, as the four hallmarks indicate.