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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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BIG SUGAR BOWL in French Solid Sterling Silver Hallmark MINERVE 19thC 602 grams
BIG SUGAR BOWL in French Solid Sterling Silver Hallmark MINERVE 19thC 602 grams
$490.00
Wallace French Regency 7 3 8 Dinner Fork Sterling Silver No Monogram
Wallace French Regency 7 3 8 Dinner Fork Sterling Silver No Monogram
$64.99
Towle King Richard Sterling 8 7 8 HH New French Dinner Knife No Monogram
Towle King Richard Sterling 8 7 8 HH New French Dinner Knife No Monogram
$26.99
Antique Large Table Forks French Silver Plate Chambly Chinon Fiddle Back SFAM 6
Antique Large Table Forks French Silver Plate Chambly Chinon Fiddle Back SFAM 6
$104.55
Antique Large Table Spoons French Silver Plate Chambly Chinon Fiddle Back SFAM
Antique Large Table Spoons French Silver Plate Chambly Chinon Fiddle Back SFAM
$104.55
Antique French Silver Plated Salt Cruet Stand Salts Condiment Cailar Bayard
Antique French Silver Plated Salt Cruet Stand Salts Condiment Cailar Bayard
$125.46
French Silver Plated Open Wirework  Green Glass Sugar Bowl 19th Cent
French Silver Plated Open Wirework Green Glass Sugar Bowl 19th Cent
$16.73
International CHATHAM SILVERPLATE French Solid Knife 243671
International CHATHAM SILVERPLATE French Solid Knife 243671
$7.99
Birks LOUIS DE FRANCE SILVERPLATE Gumbo Soup Spoon 7566594
Birks LOUIS DE FRANCE SILVERPLATE Gumbo Soup Spoon 7566594
$23.99
Gorham ROSEMONT SILVERPLATE French Hollow Knife 183933
Gorham ROSEMONT SILVERPLATE French Hollow Knife 183933
$9.99
Antique French repousse 800 SILVER marked Virgin Mary MADONNA Saints WATERFONT
Antique French repousse 800 SILVER marked Virgin Mary MADONNA Saints WATERFONT
$125.00
Durgin COLFAX STERLING Old French Hollow Knife With Bolster 2373203
Durgin COLFAX STERLING Old French Hollow Knife With Bolster 2373203
$31.99
Alvin FRENCH SCROLL STERLING Cold Meat Serving Fork 9769
Alvin FRENCH SCROLL STERLING Cold Meat Serving Fork 9769
$74.95
Antique FRANCE SILVER Token CHAMBRE de COMMERCE de BOURGES JACQUES COEUR ABIGOT
Antique FRANCE SILVER Token CHAMBRE de COMMERCE de BOURGES JACQUES COEUR ABIGOT
$88.00
SOLID SILVER FRENCH DODECAGON DISHES
SOLID SILVER FRENCH DODECAGON DISHES
$118.49
ANTIQUE FRENCH GUSTAVE KELLER STERLING SILVER WOOD TRAY PEN INKWELL HOLDER
ANTIQUE FRENCH GUSTAVE KELLER STERLING SILVER WOOD TRAY PEN INKWELL HOLDER
$799.99
Christofle France Malmaison Silver Plated Griffin Gravy Boat  Underplate
Christofle France Malmaison Silver Plated Griffin Gravy Boat Underplate
$395.00
102 Piece French Provincial Towle Sterling Silver Flatware Set 1201+ OZT
102 Piece French Provincial Towle Sterling Silver Flatware Set 1201+ OZT
$5,500.00
Towle OLD MASTER STERLING French Knife Sterling Blade 2495761
Towle OLD MASTER STERLING French Knife Sterling Blade 2495761
$59.99
ERCUIS FRENCH SILVERPLATE CUP SILVER PLATED CUP Ercuis Paris France ca1900s Rare
ERCUIS FRENCH SILVERPLATE CUP SILVER PLATED CUP Ercuis Paris France ca1900s Rare
$145.00
ANTIQUE FRENCH STERLING SILVER COFFEE CUP  SAUCERLATE 19th CENTURY
ANTIQUE FRENCH STERLING SILVER COFFEE CUP SAUCERLATE 19th CENTURY
$215.00

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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.

FRENCH ROCOCCO SILVER AND VERMEIL GOLD PILL BOX,  FRENCH PARISIAN ART DECO SILVER ORMOLU CREAM SPOON,  FRENCH ANTIQUE PARISIAN SILVER STRAWBERRY LADLE STRAWBERRY SPOON,  19th Century French Christofle Silver Plate Teapot Tea Pot with Ebony Handle,  Art Deco French Christofle Gallia Silver Plated Modernist Pitcher Chevrons Model,  Antique French Christofle Gallia Silver Plated Shell Design Bread Serving Tray,  Antique French Christofle Gallia Silver Plated Leaves Design Large Serving Tray,  Manchester PRINCESS STERLING French Hollow Knife 1318915,  Ttard French Sterling Silver Candle Holder of exaggerated Rococo,  FRENCH ANTIQUE SILVER NEEDLECASE,  Alvin FRENCH SCROLL STERLING Modern Hollow Dinner Knife 9 5 8 Silver Flatware,  Alvin FRENCH SCROLL STERLING Salad Fork 6 1 2 Sterling Silver Flatware No Mono,  Art Deco French Christofle Silverplate Asparagus Tong,  Harmony House Silverplate MAYTIME SET 7 FRENCH BLADE KNIVES 9 1,  SMALL PICKLE FORK SILVER PLATED GREAT ART DECO STYLE 1930 30 FRENCH,  SMALL BREAD FORK SILVER PLATED GREAT ANTIQUE STYLE 1900 FRENCH,  SERVING FORK SILVER PLATED GREAT ANTIQUE STYLE 1800 FRENCH,  Towle Sterling Silver French Provincial 47 Piece Flatware Set,  SET 3 DINNER FORKS Vintage Wm ROGERS silverplate LA FRANCE pattern EXCELLENT,  ART DECO CARVING SET SILVER PLATED FRENCH 1930 NICE QUALITY AND STYLE,  French Provincial By Towle Sterling Silver Spinach Fork 7 1 2 Custom,  French Provincial By Towle Sterling Silver Stawberry Fork 5 5 8,  Antique Vintage Sterling Silver French Mother of Pearl Knives Boxed Gilt Gavet,  New French silverplate Christofle Pompadour pattern Set of 12 Dessert Knives,  Georgian Rose by Reed Barton Sterling Regular Knife Wide New French 9 1 4,  Georgian Rose by Reed Barton Sterling Regular Knife Narrow Handle French 9,  French Provincial By Towle Sterling Silver Wedding Cake Set HHWS 2 PC Custom,  SOUP LADLE ANTIQUE SILVER PLATED FRENCH MARKED 1840 FIDDLE THREAD PATTERN,  Antique French silver Empire style coffee pot Paris c 1830,  French Art Deco Solid Silver Tea and Coffee Service Paris c 1930,  LARGE SERVING SPORK STERLING SILVER FRENCH MARKED BEAUTIFUL DESIGN,  Antique French silver coffee and tea set in Empire style Paris c1910,  1783 1789 french sterling silver large serving spoon Paris 192g,  Bridal Bouquet by Alvin Sterling Silver Regular Knife French 9,  Towle RAMBLER ROSE STERLING French Hollow Knife 1185372,  French Provincial Vermeil By Towle Sterling Silver Regular Settings 4pc Gold,  French Provincial Vermeil By Towle Sterling Silver Regular Knife Modern 8 7 8,  French all sterling silver 950 1000 Sauce bowl 475g Louis Coignet 19ThC,  French Sterling Silver Salt Cellars 2 pc ERNIE Edouard 1882,  French Provincial Vermeil By Towle Sterling Silver Regular Fork 7 1 8 Gold,  French Provincial By Towle Sterling Silver Infant Feeding Spoon 5 3 8 Custom,  French Renaissance By Reed and Barton Sterling Infant Feeding Spoon Custom,  Antique French Ice cream set sterling silver handles silverplate blades 19ThC,  Towle Sterling French Provincial Soup Dessert Spoons,  SILVER PLATED FRENCH ART DECO BEAKER MARKED ON THE BASE GOOD SIZE AND SHAPE,  French Provincial Vermeil By Towle Sterling Silver Salad Fork 6 1 4,  French Provincial Vermeil By Towle Sterling Silver Teaspoon 5 7 8,  French Scroll By Alvin Sterling Silver Infant Feeding Spoon 5 3 4 Custom Made,  Oneida GRENOBLE SILVERPLATE 8 5 8 French Hollow Knife 494314,  Towle Sterling Silver French Provincial Sugar Spoon Vintage EUC,  

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