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Electro Plated Nickel Silver, E.P.N.S. is highly polished brass plated with Nickel and then with Silver of varying thickness and then polished again to give a very rich look of silver. The thickness of silver may vary from less than one micron (commercial), to one micron (discerning), to several microns. Electroplating plants are used for this purpose. Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, one of the prime centers for brassware, has E.P.N.S. items in myriad designs for different uses.
These come in different finishes, which include the shiny silver, dull (matt) silver and antique silver. The various items are then decorated with very fine etching and engraving bringing out beautiful and intricate designs.
The variety of items made in this process is innumerable. These include, candle stands, tea sets, plants, boxes, lamps, coasters, jugs, ashtrays, wall hangings, paper knives, wine coolers, ice buckets, beer mugs, goblets etc.
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