In today's economic cycle it is increasingly wise to get the best value for our purchasing spend. So, why overpay for exquisite antique silver and sterling flatware with Canadian heritage when fine collectibles are available from online merchants and marketplaces.

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

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

Reflect upon your way-of-life and unique tastes, then make choices that will be a good fit. Do you expect to use your antique silver flatware almost every day, or rather use pieces from your set for particular occasions and holiday celebrations?

Antique silver flatware is a very broad collectible category including lots of specialty areas. It can depend on the sort of collector you are. For instance, some collectors show interest for a special pattern style, while others direct their attention a certain silver flatware manufacture or historical era

Some antique silverware collectors focus on a specific style of antique silver flatware, such as: cups or goblets, while others have more diverse interests and expand into regional silver flatware, such as Asian or Canadian, or collectibles from specific craftsman, such as: Holmes & Edwards.

2. Mix It Up

Take a risk, collect a variety of craft patterns.

This collecting tactic brings awesome aesthetic charm to a table setting. This is a beautiful choice especially with difficult-to-find, or discontinued silver flatware patterns. And is often a must for assembling a set sizeable enough for entertaining your family, friends or guests.

3. Signs of Overuse or Damage

A history of overuse does not always reduce the value of antique silver flatware or silver plate flatware, while actual damage may or may not. For instance, minimal damage or flaws on a rare flatware piece will not significantly lower its value. The price of a damaged piece should be significantly lower than retail, of course. Be mindful of buying tarnished silver flatware via the internet. Pictures can be fake and conceal obvious wear, damage or repair. Finding tarnished pieces at estate sales and flea markets may be an an alternative, but reviewing them closely for damage remains an important skill for your collecting hobby or business.

4. Monograms

Many collectors view ancient, detailed monograms as a lost form of art and historically relevant. It does not detract from the desirability or valuation of a silver flatware piece when a monogram is present. Most pieces are, however, have more value without a monogram. As your knowledge increases with antique silver and sterling silver flatware, you will be able to notice monogram removal. Monogram removal can damage a piece of antique silver and dramatically diminish its worth.

5. Authenticity

Various collectors frown upon 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 substituted on hollow handle knives, A number of collectors desire to have them replaced with stainless steel blades. However, stainless steel was not introduced in flatware manufacturing until the early 1920s. This is one of those factors of collecting that can be a matter of personal preference, but you do need to be careful that your antique silver flatware may go down in value if you modify the knife blades.

6. Repair

Dents, or general types of damage can be repaired by a silversmith. Pieces can also be replated by a skilled silversmith. The cost can be costly for more common items, but it is undoubtedly worth it to restore rare antique silver flatware pieces. cut to appear like ice cream forks or a sugar spoon was changed to resemble a sugar sifter. As your skills improve, look for signs of modification and avoid buying those modified pieces.

8. Forgeries

New forgeries in common and rare pattern designs can be found for sale frequently on the Internet. Examples include:, salt spoons and scarce pieces such as asparagus servers. Plenty of these types of silver flatware have no maker's stamps. Moreover, forged artist's markings in silver have persisted centuries. The age of an antique silverware piece does not necessarily indicate it's genuineness. So learn as much as you can before investing in expensive antique silver flatware.

Silver and Sterling Flatware - Canadian origins: recently sold items.

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