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In today's economic cycle it is smart to get the most you can for your purchasing power. So, why overpay for collecting antique Asian silver and sterling silver flatware when bargains are available from online merchants and marketplaces.

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International Silver Co India set of 2 silverplate vintage champagne flutes
International Silver Co India set of 2 silverplate vintage champagne flutes
$30.00
EIGHT CHINESE EXPORT SILVER MEN CARRYING BUCKET  TRAYS MENU HOLDER c1900
EIGHT CHINESE EXPORT SILVER MEN CARRYING BUCKET TRAYS MENU HOLDER c1900
$173.58
Serrv Antique Teapot silver napkin ring Hand Crafted In India
Serrv Antique Teapot silver napkin ring Hand Crafted In India
$27.95
6 Vintage Leonard EPNS Silver Plate Wine Goblets Cordial Chalice Made India 5
6 Vintage Leonard EPNS Silver Plate Wine Goblets Cordial Chalice Made India 5
$29.99
Chinese Export Antique Solid Sterling Silver Ornate Dragon Button Hook
Chinese Export Antique Solid Sterling Silver Ornate Dragon Button Hook
$250.00
Chinese Antique Large Sterling Silver Black Enamel Koi Fish 7 Long
Chinese Antique Large Sterling Silver Black Enamel Koi Fish 7 Long
$400.00
ANTIQUE MUSEUM QUALITY SILVER Indo Persian Islamic Middle Eastern BOWL 31Toz
ANTIQUE MUSEUM QUALITY SILVER Indo Persian Islamic Middle Eastern BOWL 31Toz
$399.99
Masterpiece Silverplate Salad Serving Set Japan Karen
Masterpiece Silverplate Salad Serving Set Japan Karen
$7.90
Pair Vintage Chinese Sterling Silver Elephant Enamel Cabochon Figurines
Pair Vintage Chinese Sterling Silver Elephant Enamel Cabochon Figurines
$995.00
Vintage Silverplate Cordials Aperitif Made in India Set Four 3 3 4 Tall
Vintage Silverplate Cordials Aperitif Made in India Set Four 3 3 4 Tall
$9.99
Pair of Silverplate Candlesricks International Silver Co Made India 95 high
Pair of Silverplate Candlesricks International Silver Co Made India 95 high
$34.99
Antique Chinese Seated Emperor Figure Silver Plated
Antique Chinese Seated Emperor Figure Silver Plated
$450.00
1872 Tiffany  Co Sterling Persian Pie Pastry Fork No Monogram
1872 Tiffany Co Sterling Persian Pie Pastry Fork No Monogram
$185.00
Persian by Tiffany  Co Sterling Silver Fish Server Bright Cut 12 1 2
Persian by Tiffany Co Sterling Silver Fish Server Bright Cut 12 1 2
$989.00
STUNNING SOLID SILVER ENAMEL STAMP INDIA SEAT OF GOVERNMENT CHANGED
STUNNING SOLID SILVER ENAMEL STAMP INDIA SEAT OF GOVERNMENT CHANGED
$57.79
Vintage Silverplate Brides Basket Ornate Floral Relief 6 Enseco Japan MCM
Vintage Silverplate Brides Basket Ornate Floral Relief 6 Enseco Japan MCM
$12.99
PERSIAN ART EXHIBITION EXCEPTIONAL EX LARGE PERSIAN SOLID SILVER BOX 21 CM 1105G
PERSIAN ART EXHIBITION EXCEPTIONAL EX LARGE PERSIAN SOLID SILVER BOX 21 CM 1105G
$1,995.00
PAIR OF EXTRA LARGE AND MASIVE ANTIQUE SILVER ISFAHAN PERSIAN VASES SIGNED
PAIR OF EXTRA LARGE AND MASIVE ANTIQUE SILVER ISFAHAN PERSIAN VASES SIGNED
$4,999.00
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE PERSIAN SOLID SILVER TEA SET
BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE PERSIAN SOLID SILVER TEA SET
$1,995.00
EXCEPTIONAL CHINESE ANTIQUE SILVER FILIGREE CALLING CARD BOOK FORM CASE 1850S
EXCEPTIONAL CHINESE ANTIQUE SILVER FILIGREE CALLING CARD BOOK FORM CASE 1850S
$495.00

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Take advantage of the following tips to assist your antique silver flatware collecting desires.

1. Identify a silver flatware: Style, Historical Era or Maker.

Think about your way-of-life and your own tastes, then arrive at decisions that will be a good fit. Do you expect to use your antique silver flatware frequently, or instead use objects from your collection for remarkable occasions?

There are various specialty facets of antique silver flatware collecting. It can depend on the style of collector you are. For example, some collectors have a preference for a specific pattern style, while others center their attention on a certain silver flatware maker or historical period.

Some antique silverware collectors direct their attention on a certain kind of antique silver flatware, such as: napkin rings or pitchers, while others have more eclectic passions and broaden into regional silver flatware, such as Asian or Canadian, or collectibles from specific craftsman, such as: Alvin or Birks.

2. Mash It Up

Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns.

This collecting strategy gives great aesthetic charm to a table setting. This is a delightful option particularly with difficult-to-find, or discontinued silver flatware patterns. And will benefit you for assembling a set big enough for entertaining your family, friends or guests.

3. Wear or Damage

A history of overuse does not always lessen the value of antique silverware or sterling silver flatware, while actual damage may or may not. For instance, moderate damage or blemishes on a rare flatware piece will not significantly reduce its value. The price of a tarnished collectible should be significantly lower than retail, of course. Be careful of buying tarnished silver flatware through the internet. Pictures can be misleading and obscure apparent wear, damage or repair. Finding tarnished pieces at estate sales and flea markets may be an an alternative, but reviewing them closely for problems remains an important skill for your collecting hobby or business.

4. Monograms

Quite a few collectors view ancient, fancy monograms as a lost form of art and historically important. It does not reduce the desirability or merit of a silver flatware piece when a monogram is present. Most pieces are, however, even more valuable without a monogram. As your knowledge increases with antique silver and sterling silver flatware, you will develop skills to identify if the monogram has been removed. Monogram erasing can damage a piece of antique silver and markedly lessen its selling price.

5. Authenticity

Some collectors under estimate antique silverware pieces that have been restored, such as those with replacement knife blades. It is not uncommon for antique silverplate knife blades to show signs of wear and usage. They can easily be replaced on hollow handle knives, Certain collectors favor to have them replaced with stainless steel blades. But, stainless steel was not introduced in flatware manufacturing until the early 1920s. This is one of those sides of collecting that can be a matter of personal inclination, but you do need to be careful that your antique silver flatware may decline in value if you alter the knife blades.

6. Repair

A silversmith ought be sourced for any repairs required for damaged pieces. A silversmith is also skilled for replating silver flatware pieces. It can be an expensive project for common pieces, but it is fully fully worthwhile to hire a competent silversmith for restoring valued and rare silver flatware items.

7. Modified Pieces

Be conscious that these exist and develop skills to detect if a piece has been modified from its genuine state. Common flatware pieces are sometimes altered to make them appear to be more unusual and valuable pieces. For example, spoons are occasionally cut to look like ice cream forks or a sugar spoon has been pierced to resemble a sugar sifter. Look for signs that pieces have been modified and avoid purchasing them for your collection.

8. Forgeries

New forgeries in in demand and rare patterns can be found for sale regularly on the Internet. Examples include:, salt spoons and sought after pieces such as assorted knives, forks and spoons. Many of these types of silver flatware have no maker's marks. Further, forged artist's marks in silver have been around for hundreds of years. The age of an antique silverware piece does not actually indicate it's genuineness. So the lesson here is start and continue your learning and improve your skills to reduce the risk of investing in forged or fake antique silverware collectibles.

Asian Antique Silver - recently purchased silver flatware.

RARE ANTIQUE CHINESE CANTON EXPORT SOLID SILVER PIERCED REPOUSSE BOX FIGURAL,  Vintage 1943 solid silver coin spoon 20 thC 8 ANNAS RUPEE INDIA great rare gift,  TOBACCO BOX VINTAGE 84 SILVER HANDMADE SNUFF BOX PERSIAN ENAMEL ON TOP,  Antique Table Place Setting Markers Chinese Export Silver Plated Figures,  I44 1700 AD ANTIQUE MUGHAL EMPIRE INDIA ETHNIC URDU 925 STERLING SILVER COIN,  I47 1700 AD ETHNIC MUGHAL EMPIRE INDIA URDU 925 STERLING SILVER COIN,  Vintage Japanese Silver Miniature tea set tea pot sugar and mik Japan,  SET 7 ANTIQUE CHINA CHINESE EXPORT SILVER BOX PRUNUS SALT PEPPER CONTAINER 1900,  Antique Silver Gilt Turkmen Asian Ethnic Top Hat Finial,  FINE QUALITY CAST CHASTE CHINESE SILVER NAPKIN RING,  Rare Chinese Signed Silver Chinese Tower Shaped Cruet Pepperette or Snuff Box,  Stunning Solid Silver Miniature Junk Ship Chinese Export C1920,  Antique Chinese Silver Crab on Basket Snuff Bottle Signed to Base,  Antique India Tribal Handmade Silver Hookah Hukka Sheesha Chillum Home Decor,  I26 1700 AD MUGHAL EMPIRE INDIA ETHNIC URDU 925 STERLING SILVER COIN,  I40 1700 AD ETHNIC MUGHAL EMPIRE INDIA URDU 925 STERLING SILVER COIN,  PAIR OF ANTIQUE TURKISH OTTOMAN TUGRA NIELLO GILT SILVER CUP HOLDERS 165 grams,  Tibet Silver Collection Handmade Carved Buddha Statue Bracelet Necklace,  I22 1700 AD ANTIQUE MUGHAL EMPIRE OF INDIA ETHNIC URDU 925 STERLING SILVER COIN,  Pair of chinese export silver glove stretchers apple blossom,  Chinese Export Silver Coffee Pot DRAGON 1875 Was 5400 4200,  UNUSUAL CHINESE STERLING SHELL DISH BUTTERFLY SHAPED ANTIQUE CIRCA 1900,  Chinese Export Silver Bowl US NAVY DRAGON WEIGHS 44 OZ,  I48 1700 AD ETHNIC MUGHAL EMPIRE INDIA ANTIQUE URDU 925 STERLING SILVER COIN,  I18 1700 AD MUGHAL EMPIRE INDIA ETHNIC URDU ANTIQUE 925 STERLING SILVER COIN,  Chinese Export Silver Tea Caddy MAIDEN w FLUTE KW Was 2600 1950,  TEA SET INDIA STERLING SILVER 800 STANDARD CIRCA 1880 INDIA UNMARKED CHASED,  VTG Okubo Brother Sterling Silver Hors dOeuvre Spears Complete Set Tokyo Japan,  Antique Oriental Indian Ceylon Chinese Guardian Lion Solid Silver Dish Tray,  persian solid silver tazza 15ozs 27cm diameter,  A SOLID SILVER BUCKLE OF INDIAN OR PERSIAN ORIGIN EMBOSSED WITH FIGURESC1900,  ANTIQUE OTTOMAN GREEK MIDDLE EAST ISLAMIC SILVER HOOKAH SHISHA PIPE AMBER 19TH C,  Tibet Silver Buddhism Happy Buddha Maitreya Amulet Charm Pendant,  Silver and glass salt pepper shakers JGIA Inspected JAPAN,  Pre owned Collectible Wallace Silverplate China 3Pc Serving Utensils 85in,  3 Pcs Vintage Silver Plated Small Flatware 4 3 4 5 1 2 England,  Rare 10 Chinese Export Silver Spoons Dragon Antique,  Chinese Export Silver Basket Dish Stand WH90,  6 950 Silver Japanese Demitasse Tea Spoons 950 Silver Asia Japan ca60s,  ANTIQUE STERLING ENAMEL TOSHIKANE JAPAN SPOON,  rare Antique Silver Shoe stamped SILVER 925 USF in a usa japan ashtray,  Set of 2 Myung Bo Ag 800 Asian Korean Silver Spoon Chopstick Flower design,  PERSIAN SILVER SUGAR OR CANDY BOWL PERSEPOLIS DESIGN,  BOX STERLING SILVER SHAPED LIKE A SITAR CHASED ENGRAVED INDIA CIRCA 1900,  63 PC EP SS JAPAN SILVERPLATE FLATWARE SET ROMANTIC ROSE PATTERN,  RARE ASIAN Birds of Paradise REED BARTON SILVER PLATED TEA POT Flower Band,  Antique HUNG CHONG Chinese Export Silver Dragon Pierced CALLING CARD TRAY As Is,  Six Vintage EPNS A 1 Heavy Silver Plate Ceremonial Wine Cups India With Case,  Silver Plated Brass Goblet Engraved Ruth Bryant Global Womens Club 1974 Japan,  ANTIQUE OTTOMAN TURKISH SOLID SILVER GOLD VAN NIELO CARD CIGARETTE CASE 1900,  

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