Any person making for sale, selling, or offering to sell or dispose of, or having
in possession with intent to sell or dispose of, any article of merchandise made in
whole or in part of silver or of any alloy of silver and having stamped, branded,
engraved, or imprinted thereon, or upon any tag, card, or label attached thereto,
or upon any container in which said article is enclosed, any mark or word, other than
the word “sterling” or the word “coin”, indicating, or designed to indicate that the
silver or alloy of silver in said article is of a greater degree of fineness than
the actual fineness or quality, unless the actual fineness of the silver or alloy
of silver of which said article is composed be not less by more than four one-thousandths
parts than the actual fineness indicated by the said mark or word, other than the
word “sterling” or “coin”, stamped, branded, engraved, or imprinted upon any part
of said article, or upon any tag, card, or label attached thereto, or upon any container
in which said article is enclosed, subject to the qualifications hereinafter set forth,
is guilty of a fraudulent practice.
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