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Vintage German silver 800 Pocket Trinket Coin Purse rare
Vintage German silver 800 Pocket Trinket Coin Purse rare
$120.00
Vintage Silverware Assortment including German Silver Queen Elizabeth by Nation
Vintage Silverware Assortment including German Silver Queen Elizabeth by Nation
$40.00
A Small Silver Plated Leaf Bon Bon Dish WMF Germany
A Small Silver Plated Leaf Bon Bon Dish WMF Germany
$10.90
Vintage SILVER and Marcasite GERMAN Brooch
Vintage SILVER and Marcasite GERMAN Brooch
$29.97
Fine Antique Art Nouveau German Silver Small Jardinire or Decorated Bowl c1900
Fine Antique Art Nouveau German Silver Small Jardinire or Decorated Bowl c1900
$275.00
Fine Antique Art Nouveau German Silver Small Jardinire or Decorated Bowl c1900
Fine Antique Art Nouveau German Silver Small Jardinire or Decorated Bowl c1900
$245.00
SILVERPLATE SILVER PLATED SALT CELLAR BASKET GLASS LINER by WMF Germany ca1900s
SILVERPLATE SILVER PLATED SALT CELLAR BASKET GLASS LINER by WMF Germany ca1900s
$75.00
Vintage 800 Silver Rothenburg Germany Souvenir Spoon 116g
Vintage 800 Silver Rothenburg Germany Souvenir Spoon 116g
$13.99
2 MINIATURE ANTIQUE FINE STERLING 835 GERMAN CANDLE HOLDER
2 MINIATURE ANTIQUE FINE STERLING 835 GERMAN CANDLE HOLDER
$25.00
Vintage Silver Plaited tarnish resistant Tray Dish WMF IKORA made in Germany
Vintage Silver Plaited tarnish resistant Tray Dish WMF IKORA made in Germany
$18.00
5 Vintage 835 Silver Napkin Rings German Albo on Orig Card
5 Vintage 835 Silver Napkin Rings German Albo on Orig Card
$64.99
VINTAGE SILVER  ENAMEL SOUVENIR SPOON SONTHOFEN GERMANY
VINTAGE SILVER ENAMEL SOUVENIR SPOON SONTHOFEN GERMANY
$8.99
4 Vtg ROSENTHAL Asymmetria Heavy Silverplate Butter Knives 90 Germany Estate
4 Vtg ROSENTHAL Asymmetria Heavy Silverplate Butter Knives 90 Germany Estate
$35.95
late 1800s early 1900s German 900 Silver Covered Box Dish Sugar Bowl
late 1800s early 1900s German 900 Silver Covered Box Dish Sugar Bowl
$600.00
Beautiful late 1800s early 1900s German Silver Fish Dessert Knife
Beautiful late 1800s early 1900s German Silver Fish Dessert Knife
$210.00
Two Handled Individual Serving Dish Silverplate BAUHAUS Munich Wurzburg Germany
Two Handled Individual Serving Dish Silverplate BAUHAUS Munich Wurzburg Germany
$129.99
ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER ROSE STEM HANDLE SHELL BOWL SUGAR SERVING SPOON GERMANY
ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER ROSE STEM HANDLE SHELL BOWL SUGAR SERVING SPOON GERMANY
$28.50
Rare 1796 1835 German 800 Silver Dolphin Fish Figural Candlesticks Johann Seeth
Rare 1796 1835 German 800 Silver Dolphin Fish Figural Candlesticks Johann Seeth
$2,880.00
c1900 German 800 Silver 1400s 1600s Style Sugar Bowl Creamer  Tray
c1900 German 800 Silver 1400s 1600s Style Sugar Bowl Creamer Tray
$1,170.00
ANTIQUE SILVER AND CUT GLASS CREAMER  SUGAR FROM GERMANYVERY BEAUTIFULMARKED
ANTIQUE SILVER AND CUT GLASS CREAMER SUGAR FROM GERMANYVERY BEAUTIFULMARKED
$169.00
c1850 1900 German 800 850 Silver Dresser Trinket Box w Cherubs Goat Scene
c1850 1900 German 800 850 Silver Dresser Trinket Box w Cherubs Goat Scene
$408.00

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Whether a hobby or an investment, here are eight tips for collecting antique sterling and/or silver plate flatware.

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

Picture your way-of-life and unique preferences, then come up with decisions that will be a good match. Do you expect to use your antique silver flatware fairly often, or rather use items from your collection for remarkable occasions?

There are numerous specialty areas of antique silver flatware collecting. Some collectors concentrate on a specific design pattern, while others acquire a particular manufacturer or historical era.

Some antique sterling silverware collectors concentrate on a specific variety of antique silver flatware, such as: tea pots or vases, while others have more {eclectic|varied interests and expand into regional silver flatware, such as Spanish or German, or pieces from specific artists, such as: Towie or Sheffield.

2. Mix It Up

Take a risk, acquire a broad variety of craft patterns.

This collecting tip brings great aesthetic appeal to a table setting. This is a delightful option particularly with hard-to-find, or rare silver flatware patterns. And will help for assembling a set sizable enough for entertaining your family, friends or guests.

3. Wear or Damage

A history of overuse does not always diminish the worth of antique silverware or sterling silver flatware, while signs of damage may or may not. For example, negligible damage or defects on a rare flatware piece will not significantly lessen its value. The price of a tarnished collectible should be significantly lower than retail, of course. Be cautious of buying tarnished silver flatware via the internet. Pictures can be misleading and disguise obvious wear, damage or repair. Buying tarnished pieces at estate sales and flea markets may be an an alternative, but reviewing them closely for damage remains an essential skill for your collecting hobby or business.

4. Monograms

Many collectors view classic, fancy monograms as a lost form of art and historically important. It does not lessen the desirability or appeal of a silver flatware piece when a monogram is displayed. Most pieces are, however, more valuable without a monogram. As you become more familiar with antique silver and sterling silver flatware, you will be able to identify monogram removal. Monogram removal can damage a piece of antique silver and markedly minimize its actually worth.

5. Authenticity

Some collectors downgrade antique silverware pieces that have been refreshed, 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, so some collectors desire 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 sides of collecting that can be a matter of personal taste, but you do need to be mindful that your antique silver flatware may lessen in value if you alter the knife blades.

6. Repair

Dents, or general types of damage can be repaired by a silversmith. A silversmith is also skilled for replating silver flatware pieces. It can be an expensive project for common pieces, but it is fully fully worth the time and money to hire a capable silversmith for restoring valued and rare silver flatware items.

7. Modified Pieces

Be informed that these exist and learn how to detect if a piece has been modified from its authentic state. Common flatware pieces are sometimes changed to make them appear to be more rare and valuable pieces. For example, spoons are occasionally cut to resemble ice cream forks or a sugar spoon may have been changed to resemble a sugar sifter. As your skills improve, look for signs of modification and avoid buying those modified pieces.

8. Fake Antique Silver Flatware

New forgeries in favorite and rare pattern designs can be found for sale often on the Internet. Examples include:, butter dishes and rare pieces such as assorted knives, forks and spoons. Plenty of these items have no craftsman's marks. Moreover, forged artist's markings in silver have existed for hundreds of years. The age of an antique silverware piece does not always 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.

Silver and Sterling Flatware - German origins: - recently bought antique silver flatware.

ANGEL FINIAL SUGAR SPOON STERLING SILVER GERMAN 1900 MARKED 800 STANDARD,  Novelty Silver Swan Table Ornament Bowl Hanau Germany Circa 1880,  ORIGINAL ANTIQUE HM SOLID SILVER STERLING GERMAN WW1 FABER PENCIL HOLDER CASE,  Antique Set of German Silver Nesting Boxes Pre 1800,  19c ANTIQUE GERMAN HAND MADE DECORATED 800 SILVER GOBLET CUP signed,  Vintage WMF Tongs Art Nouveau Silverplate Germany 4 3 4 Sugar Ice Excellent,  1888 german silver 835s MARTIN MAYER MAINZ COW shape ROAST FORK HOLDER PR,  Antique 1900s German Silver Ornate Cigarette Case Dated 1913,  ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER SIGNED KRUSIUS GERMANY REPOUSSE GRAPE VINE LEAVES SHEARS,  JACOB GRIMMINGER GERMAN ANTIQUE SILVER 800 SUGAR TONGS 16grMAGEN DAVID MARK,  German Silver Coffee Pot Tea,  ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER DISH TRAY CHERUBS PLAYING SCENE c1880,  SUPERB PAIR OF ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER 2 ARM CANDLEABRA c1880,  Antique German Silver Spirit Funnel 1720 stock id 8223,  Painted Silver Spoon Believed from Germany,  ANTIQUE 20thC GERMAN JEWELLED SOLID SILVER SHELL FOLK MUSICIANS HANAU c1900,  A German silver coffee pot 20th Century,  4 Vintage German Silver Spoon Kaiserslautern,  Art Deco 800 silver bowl Gayer Krauss Schwbisch Gmnd Germany,  ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER TRAY WITH GERMANY 1782 PATRONA BAVARIAE COIN 20 KREUZER,  Teaspoon Coffee Spoon German Wilkens Sohne Silver,  OLD ANTIQUE WMF ART NOUVEAU SECESSION GERMANY SILVER PLATED PLATE 1900s,  GERMAN SILVER NUMBERS PLACE NUMBERS 1 12 DRINK MARKERS ART DECO RED SQUARE BOX,  German VSF 90 Gravy Sauce Ladle Vintage Silverplate,  Large Serving Spoon Krusius Solingen Germany Silver Over 12 Heavy Sturdy Piece,  Silver 2 Handled Oval Centerpiece Fruit Bowl Ernst Treusch Leipzig Germany c1920,  Antique German Silver Spoon C1900,  Kolner Dom 800 Silver Enamel Spoon Cologne Cathedral Germany Kln REU,  SET OF 4 ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER TEA SPOONS 738 grams,  SCHNAUFFER DRESDEN CIRCA 1900 GERMAN SILVER FIVE PIECE TEA COFFEE SERVICE SET,  SPOON MADE FROM COINS STERLING SILVER GERMAN PIERCED COINS GREAT QUALITY,  A HILDESCHEIMER ROSE GERMAN SILVER DESSERT SET for 6 by ANTIKO,  LOVELY 1900 SILVER TRELLIS POPPIES WAX SEAL GERMAN,  Antique German 800 Silver Art Nouveau Repousse Cherubs Case Box HEAVY 89 GRAMS,  Henninger Co Berlin Antique Trumpet Crystal Vase Silver plate Base Quality,  A German Silver Bread Plate,  WMF Art Nouveau Silver Plated Cigar Holder Case Germany Circa 1900,  Continental Silver Handle Letter Opener German,  German Silver Footed Bowl,  Rare Collectible West Germany F B Rogers Glass Silver Tone Ice Bucket,  German 800 Silver POSEN SILVERWARE SET 211 Pc Flatware Approx 10522 Grams,  Rare Pr German Sterling Silver Menu Holders Fisherman Lady Fish Nets Import 1898,  c1890 Rococo 800 silver napkin ring Germany Franz Mosgau Berlin florals,  GERMAN ANTIQUE 800 SILVER DEMITASSE CUP SAUCER,  Garmisch Bavaria Silver Enamel Coat of Arms Souvenir Spoon 800 KFK Germany Lions,  ANTIQUE A WILKENS GERMAN SILVER DISH,  OLD ANTIQUE VINTAGE GERMAN SILVER 800 LARGE SOUP LADEL,  Huge silver fox decorative object Hanau Germany,  Cruet Silver Plated inc Birmingham Antique and German Modern Tray 5 Pieces,  Antique Silver Plated Brides Basket Glass Bowl Ornate Meriden Co Germany,  

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