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cfreud

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As we transition in the fall from summer to winter here in the central Rockies, I am going back to my jackets and colder-weather clothes. While I don't find pipes -- they always go back to the rack -- I am finding assorted tampers, packs of pipe cleaners and lighters in my pockets which haven't been seen for around six months. It's always nice.
 

mawnansmiff

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"What's America got to do with the price of cheese?"

@Duck, my error so apologies. I wrongly assumed the silver mine you mentioned was in America.

Whatever, the term sterling does not originate from any silver mine anywhere which was my main point.

Regards,

Jay.
 
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Duck

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"What's America got to do with the price of cheese?"

@Duck, my error so apologies. I wrongly assumed the silver mine you mentioned was in America.

Whatever, the term sterling does not originate from any silver mine anywhere which was my main point.

Regards,

Jay.
There's a well known silver mine at Alva (near Stirling). It's famous because the proceeds from it were used to fund the 1715 Jacobite uprising. A few hundred yards from it is the much older and forgotten Sterling silver mine. It was producing silver during the period Stirling begins to be used as a silver and currency indicator.

So, Stirling silver was an actual thing. It's as least a plausible etymology as the Easterling one.
 
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mawnansmiff

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"So, Stirling silver was an actual thing."

I never said it wasn't, just that that is not where the term 'sterling silver' comes from.

Incidentally I have a specimen of native silver (I'm a mineral collector) from the Alva Mine at Clackmannanshire!

Regards,

Jay.