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Whether a hobby or an investment, here are eight suggestions for collecting antique sterling and/or silver plate flatware.
1. Choose a silver flatware: Style, Historical Period or Artist.
Think about your lifestyle and your specific preferences, then come up with choices that are a good match. Do you expect to use your antique silver flatware almost every day, or only use pieces from your collection for specific occasions?
Antique silver flatware is a very extensive collectible category comprising different specialty areas. It depends on the type of collector you are. For instance, some collectors have a preference for a distinct pattern style, while others focus their interest on a certain silverware maker or historical period.
Some antique silverware collectors center their attention on a particular category of antique silver flatware, such as: urns or jugs, while others have more varied passions and broaden into regional silver flatware, such as French or German, or collectibles from specific artists, such as: Towie or Sheffield or Kirk.
2. Mix It Up
Take a risk, acquire an assortment of craft patterns.
This collecting tip gives great aesthetic appeal to a table setting. This is a delightful choice especially with difficult-to-find, or discontinued silver flatware patterns. And will help for putting together a set large enough for entertaining your family, friends or guests.
3. Signs of Overuse or Damage
A history of overuse does not consequently lower the value of antique silver flatware or silver plate flatware, while actual damage may or may not. For example, small damage or flaws on a rare flatware piece will not significantly lower its value. The price of a damaged collectible should be significantly lower than retail, of course. Be mindful of buying tarnished silver flatware via the internet. Pictures can be fake and obscure obvious wear, damage or repair. Investing in tarnished pieces at estate sales and flea markets may be an an alternative, but looking at them closely for damage remains an important skill for your collecting hobby or business.
Many collectors view classic, elaborate monograms as a lost form of art and historically important. It does not decrease the desirability or merit of a silver flatware piece when a monogram is present. Most pieces are, however, have more value without a monogram. As you expand your knowledge with antique silver and sterling silver flatware, you will be able to notice monogram removal. Monogram erasing can damage a piece of antique silver and markedly minimize its actually worth.
Various collectors downgrade antique silverware pieces that have been updated, 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 repaired on hollow handle knives, Certain collectors favor to have them replaced with stainless steel blades. But, stainless steel was not introduced in flatware crafting until the early 1920s. This is one of those aspects of collecting that can be a matter of personal preference, but you do need to be alert that your antique silver flatware may diminish in value if you switch the knife blades.
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 worth the money spent to Place your valuable collectible in the hands of an expert silversmith.
7. Modified Pieces
Be informed that these exist and develop skills to identify if a piece is modified from its genuine condition. Common flatware pieces are sometimes restored to make them appear to be more uncommon and valuable pieces. For example, spoons are sometimes cut to resemble 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 investing in those modified pieces.
New fake pieces in in demand and rare patterns appear for sale often online. Examples include:, salt spoons and scarce pieces such as asparagus servers. Several of these pieces have no manufacture's stamps. Moreover, forged artist's markings in silver have been around centuries. The age of an antique silverware piece does not necessarily indicate it's authenticity. 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.
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