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In today's economic trend it is smart to get the most you can for your purchasing power. With the wide amount of competition, both online and offline, there is little reason to pay full retail price for beautiful French antique silver and sterling silver flatware collectibles.

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VINTAGE ART DECO SILVER PLATED CUP TOP COFFEE FILTER CAFETIERE French Press b
VINTAGE ART DECO SILVER PLATED CUP TOP COFFEE FILTER CAFETIERE French Press b
$58.27
VINTAGE ART DECO SILVER PLATED CUP TOP COFFEE FILTER CAFETIERE French Press a
VINTAGE ART DECO SILVER PLATED CUP TOP COFFEE FILTER CAFETIERE French Press a
$58.27
Antique 19th C French Silver Ice Tongs with Stunning Cherub Angel
Antique 19th C French Silver Ice Tongs with Stunning Cherub Angel
$157.50
Birks LOUIS DE FRANCE SILVERPLATE Five OClock Teaspoon 934021
Birks LOUIS DE FRANCE SILVERPLATE Five OClock Teaspoon 934021
$10.99
Sterling Silver 950 Creamer Early 20Th French
Sterling Silver 950 Creamer Early 20Th French
$75.00
Hallmarked Silver Gilt Toothbrush Holder Box Art Deco French Antique Hatpin
Hallmarked Silver Gilt Toothbrush Holder Box Art Deco French Antique Hatpin
$128.20
Towle VIRGINIA CARVEL STERLING French Hollow Knife 812389
Towle VIRGINIA CARVEL STERLING French Hollow Knife 812389
$37.99
6 Wallace Sir Christopher Sterling Silver Handled Dinner Knives 9 Inches French
6 Wallace Sir Christopher Sterling Silver Handled Dinner Knives 9 Inches French
$130.00
4 Wallace Sir Christopher Sterling Silver Handled Dinner Knives 9 3 4 French
4 Wallace Sir Christopher Sterling Silver Handled Dinner Knives 9 3 4 French
$90.00
Charles Murat French Sterling Silver Salt Cellars and Spoons
Charles Murat French Sterling Silver Salt Cellars and Spoons
$325.00
Alvin MOLLY STARK SILVERPLATE Old French Hollow Knife With Bolster 10672
Alvin MOLLY STARK SILVERPLATE Old French Hollow Knife With Bolster 10672
$10.99
ELEGANT French Sterling Silver Raised Serving Platter CompoteTazzaby Debain
ELEGANT French Sterling Silver Raised Serving Platter CompoteTazzaby Debain
$440.00
PRISTINE SET Of 12 Antique French Sterling Silver Knives by DEBAIN
PRISTINE SET Of 12 Antique French Sterling Silver Knives by DEBAIN
$425.00
Victor Boivin French Sterling Silver Salt Cellars and Spoons
Victor Boivin French Sterling Silver Salt Cellars and Spoons
$350.00
EXCEPTIONAL French Sterling Silver TastevinWine Taster  Drinking Cup
EXCEPTIONAL French Sterling Silver TastevinWine Taster Drinking Cup
$630.00
Circa 1850French Sterling Silver Candlestick Holder Of Dictinction by DEBAIN
Circa 1850French Sterling Silver Candlestick Holder Of Dictinction by DEBAIN
$430.00
Antique French Sterling Silver ALL STERLING Pierced  Engraved Asparagus Server
Antique French Sterling Silver ALL STERLING Pierced Engraved Asparagus Server
$671.25
Pair Antique French Sterling Silver Double Open Salt Caddy Glass Scalloped Shell
Pair Antique French Sterling Silver Double Open Salt Caddy Glass Scalloped Shell
$671.25
6pc Rare Antique French Sterling Silver Hors dOeuvre Serving Set Butterflies
6pc Rare Antique French Sterling Silver Hors dOeuvre Serving Set Butterflies
$521.25
14pc Antique French Sterling Silver Gilt Vermeil Tea Service Spoons Set Tongs
14pc Antique French Sterling Silver Gilt Vermeil Tea Service Spoons Set Tongs
$1,046.25
Antique French Sterling Silver Gilt Vermeil Scalloped Strawberry Serving Spoon
Antique French Sterling Silver Gilt Vermeil Scalloped Strawberry Serving Spoon
$371.25

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Practice the following tips to assist your antique silver flatware collecting objectives.

1. Consider a silver flatware: Style, Historical Period or Craftsman.

Picture your lifestyle and individual tastes, then make decisions that are a good fit. Do you expect to use your antique silver flatware every day, or instead use pieces from your collection for specific occasions and holiday celebrations?

Antique silver flatware is a very broad collectible category rich in a great many specialty areas. Some collectors focus on a certain design pattern, while others acquire a particular craftsman or historical period.

Some antique sterling silverware collectors center their attention on a single genre of antique silver flatware, such as: ash trays or baskets, while others have more eclectic interests and broaden into regional silver flatware, such as Asian or French, or pieces from specific craftsman, such as: Reed & Barton.

2. Mix-n-Match

Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns.

This collecting tactic provides awesome aesthetic elegance to a table setting. This is a delightful option especially with difficult-to-find, or discontinued silver flatware patterns. And will help for assembling a set large enough for entertaining your family, friends or guests.

3. Wear or Damage

A history of overuse does not automatically diminish the value of antique silver flatware or silver plate flatware, while signs of damage may or may not. For example, small damage or blemishes on a rare flatware piece will not significantly lower its value. The price of a tarnished piece should be significantly lower than retail, of course. Be careful of buying tarnished silver flatware through the internet. Pictures can be fake and hide apparent wear, flaws or repair. Investing in tarnished pieces at estate sales and flea markets may be an affordable option, but checking them closely for wear remains a key skill for your collecting hobby or business.

4. Monograms

A lot of collectors view aged, detailed monograms as a lost form of art and historically notable. It does not detract from the desirability or merit of a silver flatware collectible when a monogram is displayed. Most pieces are, however, even more valuable without a monogram. As you become more familiar with antique silver and sterling silver flatware, you will develop skills to recognize monogram removal. Monogram erasing can damage a piece of antique silver and dramatically diminish its worth.

5. Authenticity

Certain collectors downgrade antique silverware pieces that have been restored, such as those with replacement knife blades. Silverplated knife blades are often found with wear. They can easily be repaired on hollow handle knives, A number of collectors desire 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 factors of collecting that can be a matter of personal taste, but you do need to be aware that your antique silver flatware may decline in value if you replace the knife blades.

6. Repairs

A silversmith ought be sourced for any repairs required for damaged pieces. A silversmith is also skilled for replating silver flatware pieces. The cost can be expensive for more common items, but it is certainly worthwhile to restore rare antique silver flatware pieces. cut to look like ice cream forks or a sugar spoon has been altered to resemble a sugar sifter. As your knowledge expands, look for signs of modification and avoid investing in those modified pieces.

8. Forgeries

New fake pieces in in demand and rare patterns can be found for sale often online. Examples include:, salt spoons and rare pieces such as assorted knives, forks and spoons. Many of these items have no manufacture's stamps. Moreover, forged maker's markings in silver have appeared centuries. The age of an antique silverware piece does not really indicate it's authenticity. So learn as much as you can prior to investing in expensive antique silver flatware.

Silver and Sterling Flatware - French origins: - recently sold silver flatware.

Sterling Silver Flatware Towle French Provincial Steak Carving Set,  1920s WmRogers Sons AA Silver Plate La France mixed lot,  FRENCH 19TH CENTURY STERLING SILVER MINERVA 4 PC DESSERT SERVING SET BOX,  Christofle Aria Sterling 9 3 4 Dinner Knife with New French Blade,  HUGE Towle French Provincial 1948 Sterling Silver Carving Fork Triangle Guard F,  Wild Rose by International Sterling Silver Dinner Knife French 9 5 8,  Sterling Silver Handle Wood Salad Fork France,  Antique French ODIOT Sterling Silver 28oz Tea Pot or Coffee Pot AR Monogram,  Antique French 800 Silver Claw Sugar Tongs Minerva Makers Mark,  Antique French 1843 Silver Coin Dish Wine Taster Taste Vin,  RARE Antique French Napoleon I Era Sterling Silver Verseuse 10oz Coffee Tea Pot,  TOWLE STERLING NEW FRENCH HOLLOW KNIFES OLD COLONIAL NO MONO,  Superb Antique French Silverplate 24 Piece Table Flatware Forks Spoons PD 84G,  ANTIQUE 800 SILVER SOUVENIR SPOON PARIS ENAMEL COAT OF ARMS SPOON 9gr,  Fine Vintage PUIFORCAT Boutique France Silver Plate Banded Cup Mug Tumbler Bowl,  27 Antique 19c French Sterling Assorted Large Fork Soup Tea Hallmarkd c1840 90,  ANTIQUE CHRISTOFLE FRANCE SILVERPLATE SHAPED WEAVE BASKET,  Enamel Sterling Cigarette Card Case Boston Terrier French Bulldog,  French Silver Neo Classical Patch Box Antique,  Alvin CHAPEL BELLS STERLING French Hollow Knife 9124,  Ladies Niello Silver Cigarette Case with engraved name Lilly France 1910,  FRENCH ART DECO STERLING SILVER COFFEE SPOONSSET OF 7LATE 19 CENTURY,  BEAUTY Large Claw Talon c1910 PARIS French Sterling Silver Ice Sugar Tongs L526,  BEAUTY Large Claw Talon c1910 PARIS French Sterling Silver Ice Sugar Tongs L525,  REED BARTON FRENCH RENAISSANCE STERLING SILVER SLOTTED SERVING SPOON 8 3 8,  REED BARTON FRENCH RENAISSANCE STERLING SILVER SERVING SPOON 8 3 8,  TOWLE STERLING NEW FRENCH HOLLOW KNIFES RAMBLER ROSE NO MONO,  Nice Sterling Silver Towle French Provincial Pattern 625 Inch Salad Fork B3867,  RARE 1783 Antique French Sterling Silver Large Serving Sauce Spoon PAYNEAU L527,  RARE 1783 Antique French Sterling Silver Large Serving Sauce Spoon PAYNEAU L528,  GORHAM OLD FRENCH STERLING PIERCED SERVING SPOON 8 1 2 NO MONOGRAM,  Wm Rogers Mfg Co Vintage 6 Silver Plated Teaspoon ca 1920 La France 1538,  Melrose by Gorham Sterling Silver Dinner Knife French 9 5 8,  BEAUTIFUL Antique c1900 French Sterling Silver Tea Strainer Sieve Infuser L531,  Rose by Wallace Sterling Silver Regular Knife French 9,  Towle Sterling Silver Flatware French ProvinciaHeavy WeightLK,  French Provincial by Towle Sterling Silver Wine Bottle Foil Cutter Custom 5 3 4,  18K GOLD STERLING RAPIER SWORD FRENCH WITH HALLMARK AND STANDARD,  NICE Sterling Silver Towle French Provencial Pattern 725 Inch Dinner Fork B3869,  Sterling Silver Flatware Gorham Camellia Regular Knife French,  Christofle French silverplate Vendome pattern Flatware Set Table set 49 pcs,  French silverplate Christofle Arcantia Vendome Fish set 24 pices 12 persons,  Christofle Vendome French silverplate set of 12 Oyster forks Mint,  Antique french ROND DE SERVIETTE napkin ring w transportation decor silverplate,  French silverplate Christofle Vendome Gravy Ladle,  CHRISTOFLE MARLY Server Pie cake dessert Silver plated FRANCE,  Ancestral International Silver Silverplate 1847 Roger 3 New French Hollow Knives,  Oneida Plate Silverplate Bird Paradise 1923 2 New French Hollow Knives Bolster,  Oneida Plate Silverplate Bird Paradise 1923 3 New French Hollow Knives Bolster,  Possibly unique SILVER FRENCH BULLDOG STIRRUP CUP London 1974 Whisky tumbler,  

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