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Cari-in-Oly

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On the FB group I moderate someone has said that the shiny bits on these machines is silver, not nickel or chrome. Is this true?

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I have also heard that they have silver plating instead of chrome. I have had three Domestic 153's and one 77, but I don't know how to tell if any parts are real silver.
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https://treasurepursuits.com/how-to-test-silver/
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True, but Silver was used on sewing machines by every maker in the 1800's
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I understood the difference...... I was responding to your assertion that they would not use silver because it was impracticable.  That never stopped anyone...



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In thinking it over, I don't think any of the Whites/Domestics I have owned have had any silver plating (I have owned one cast iron 153, two magnesium 153s, one magnesium 77, and several older cast iron "FR" type machines). I handled a lot of silver-plated items of varying ages when I worked for my local thrift shop. All of these items had tarnished to a very dark grey with yellow, blue, and green tinting. None of the details on any of my Whites/Domestics have shown even a hint of this sort of tarnishing. At most some have had a yellow surface grunge that could be scraped off with a fingernail. It was not tarnishing like what I have seen with silver-plating, and was most likely cigarette tar or just dirt that had accumulated over the decades (it coated the entire machine, and not just the detailing).

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