How much silver in a Reed & Barton sterling silver Atra?

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How much silver in a Reed & Barton sterling silver Atra?

Post by Pauldog » Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:51 pm

I just bought an old Gillette Atra with a sterling silver handle made by Reed & Barton. Unfortunately, the head was loose, so it's not suitable for shaving.

I'm trying to figure out if it's worth keeping for the silver content. I pulled the head off and saw that there's something else in the core, but I don't know how thick the silver is. The handle without the head weighs about 33 grams, more than a troy ounce, but the silver content is less than that, because sterling means 92.5%. And then I'd need to deduct the unknown weight of the inner material.

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Re: How much silver in a Reed & Barton sterling silver Atra?

Post by ShadowsDad » Wed Jun 19, 2019 5:17 am

I doubt that it would be anything more than silver plated. Typically silver plate isn't very thick and not worth much due to the content. It would bother me to trash it, but sending it to a smelter wouldn't be cost effective. Maybe give it to a recycling center when you happen to be driving by?
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Re: How much silver in a Reed & Barton sterling silver Atra?

Post by Pauldog » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:06 pm

Reed & Barton made two silver handles. One is silver plated, but the one I got is stamped "Sterling Silver Handle." All the silver colored metal in the handle is 92.5% silver. I'm just trying to figure out how much of the weight is the non-silver core and head.

I called Reed & Barton, and they told me they no longer had that kind of information after they were bought fairly recently by Lenox. Gillette didn't know, either, saying that Reed & Barton had made that razor. (I think the idea was that they had put a Gillette head on their own handle, and marketed it themselves.)

The paperwork I've seen in pictures doesn't mention the weight of the silver, but I may not have seen all the paperwork. I didn't get any with the razor.

With the current price of silver, my educated guess now is that the silver in this razor is worth about $10. Since I paid about $25, and it doesn't work as a razor, I arranged to return it.

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Re: How much silver in a Reed & Barton sterling silver Atra?

Post by Pauldog » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:43 pm

There seems to be a third one - sterling silver with gold plating. I just got unlucky again on eBay - the head is firmly attached to the handle, but this one is gold plated sterling silver, and the plating is very worn, with pits, scraped spots, dings, and dents.

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