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Vintage German 800 Silver Table Spoon Serving Spoon
Vintage German 800 Silver Table Spoon Serving Spoon
$45.66
A PIE PASTRY TONGS STERLING SILVER HANDLES  STEEL PADDLES SERVER Germany c1960s
A PIE PASTRY TONGS STERLING SILVER HANDLES STEEL PADDLES SERVER Germany c1960s
$249.00
SOLID STERLING SILVER SPOON SUGAR SHELL SPOON SERVING Rose Pattern Germany 1900s
SOLID STERLING SILVER SPOON SUGAR SHELL SPOON SERVING Rose Pattern Germany 1900s
$149.00
A SOLID SILVER SUGAR TONGS 800 Silver Vienna Austria ca1922 40s German Import
A SOLID SILVER SUGAR TONGS 800 Silver Vienna Austria ca1922 40s German Import
$149.00
GERMAN PASTRY TONGS SILVERPLATED HINGED TONGS SILVER PLATE by WMF Germany c1900s
GERMAN PASTRY TONGS SILVERPLATED HINGED TONGS SILVER PLATE by WMF Germany c1900s
$259.00
SOLID SILVER SUGAR CASTER MUFFINEER SHAKER StorckSinsheimer Hanau Germany 1890s
SOLID SILVER SUGAR CASTER MUFFINEER SHAKER StorckSinsheimer Hanau Germany 1890s
$845.00
SET of 2 SOLID SILVER TABLESPOONS SERVING SPOON by Schmitt Mainz Germany ca1850s
SET of 2 SOLID SILVER TABLESPOONS SERVING SPOON by Schmitt Mainz Germany ca1850s
$289.00
GERMAN SOLID SILVER ASHTRAY TRAY Germany c1900s Israel Import c1950s Excelt Rare
GERMAN SOLID SILVER ASHTRAY TRAY Germany c1900s Israel Import c1950s Excelt Rare
$375.00
SOLID SILVER PIE SERVER Bremer Silberwarenfabrik Bremen Germany c1930s Excellent
SOLID SILVER PIE SERVER Bremer Silberwarenfabrik Bremen Germany c1930s Excellent
$289.00
A SOLID SILVER SERVING SPOON 800 Silver by Neresheimer  Son Hanau Germany c1893
A SOLID SILVER SERVING SPOON 800 Silver by Neresheimer Son Hanau Germany c1893
$259.00
A CONTINENTAL SOLID SILVER CUP KIDDUSH CUP BEAKER KIDDISH CUP Germany ca1930s
A CONTINENTAL SOLID SILVER CUP KIDDUSH CUP BEAKER KIDDISH CUP Germany ca1930s
$139.00
A SOLID SILVER SUGAR BOWL  CREAMER SET MINIATURE SET Hanau Germany ca1890s Rare
A SOLID SILVER SUGAR BOWL CREAMER SET MINIATURE SET Hanau Germany ca1890s Rare
$345.00
A SILVER PLATED SPOON SERVING SIFTER STRAINER SPOON LADLE Germany c1900s Rare
A SILVER PLATED SPOON SERVING SIFTER STRAINER SPOON LADLE Germany c1900s Rare
$149.00
ANTIQUE GERMAN HERMANN BAUER DECORATED WITH FLOWERS 800 SILVER WAX SEAL
ANTIQUE GERMAN HERMANN BAUER DECORATED WITH FLOWERS 800 SILVER WAX SEAL
$34.00
VINTAGE WMF IKORA GERMANY SILVERPLATE FOOTED DISH
VINTAGE WMF IKORA GERMANY SILVERPLATE FOOTED DISH
$16.25
ORNATE ANTIQUE 800 COIN SILVER GERMAN TEA STRAINER WITH CHERUBS
ORNATE ANTIQUE 800 COIN SILVER GERMAN TEA STRAINER WITH CHERUBS
$124.99
Vintage CUT GLASS GRAPES SUNBURSTS Crystal SILVER PLATE Wine Cooler West Germany
Vintage CUT GLASS GRAPES SUNBURSTS Crystal SILVER PLATE Wine Cooler West Germany
$135.00
German Art Deco Silver Cigarette Case Circa 1932
German Art Deco Silver Cigarette Case Circa 1932
$109.00
Vintage German ROSE 100 Silver Plate Dessert Server
Vintage German ROSE 100 Silver Plate Dessert Server
$32.50
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN HANAU SILVER OVERLAY ETCHED GLASS DECANTER 19th CENTURY
RARE ANTIQUE GERMAN HANAU SILVER OVERLAY ETCHED GLASS DECANTER 19th CENTURY
$450.00
VINTAGE GERMANY GERMAN WMF IKORA SILVERPLATE BRASS CANDY BONBON BASKET BOWL DISH
VINTAGE GERMANY GERMAN WMF IKORA SILVERPLATE BRASS CANDY BONBON BASKET BOWL DISH
$99.00

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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.

C555 Vintage Morgan Germany Sterling Portable Purse Manicure Set 254 Gr,  Georgian Handmade Traditional Cup pair German silver,  Antique 19th Century Solid Silver German Money Coin Frankfurt 1863 Rare Eagle,  Antique German 800 Silver Napkin Ring by Koch Bergfeld engraved IS or SI,  Elegant German Circa 1900 Silverplate WMF Meat SKEWER Set 6 pcs,  Simon Rosenau Antique German Silver 800 Bowl Dish w Handles Ornate Serving Hanau,  800 Silver Enamel Finial Souvenir Spoon Dresden Germany w engraved bowl,  German Sterling Silver Cream Jug Antique 1902,  Antique 1902 German Sterling Silver Cream Jug,  Antique Sterling Silver Child Flatware Set Germany 19c,  1800S GERMAN STERLING DS13 SILVER HAND WROUGHT CREAM PITCHER,  Antique Wm A Rogers German Silver Teaspoon,  Two German 835 Silver Glass Swan Cruets Vintage Solid Silver Mustard,  6 Wonderful Antique c1850s German 800 Purity Silver Knives Monogrammed EW,  Charming 19th c german silver 800 stork well angle rococo st 37gr,  Fabulous Antique German Fish Server Sterling Silver Blade Bovine Bone Handle,  Silver oval Art Deco Deko dish plate by Wilkens and Sohne Germany 155 x 107 cm,  BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER CIGARETTE BOX,  ANTIQUE SILVER MATCH SAFE GERMANY MARKS CROWN 800,  BEAUTIFUL RARE GERMAN 800 SILVER CIGARETTE BOX CAMEL RIDER,  German Coin 800 Silver Ladle 13 Long 665 Troy Ounces,  6 12 ANTIQUE GERMAN LOBSTER FORKS MOTHER of PEARL SOLID SILVER 800,  ANTIQUE GERMAN HANAU SILVER HALLMARKED OVERLAY ETCHED GLASS COVERED BOTTLE,  APOSTLE SPOON STERLING SILVER GERMAN DUTCH CIRCA 1880 MARKED EUROPEAN,  VINTAGE WIESBADEN GERMANY DEUTSCHLAND SILVER AND ENAMEL SOUVENIR SPOON,  Koch Bergfeld 800 German Silver Ladle 7 c1940 Gold Wash Interior,  Koch Berfled 800 German Silver Ice Cream Spoon 75 c1940 Gold Wash,  VINTAGE MAINZ GERMANY DEUTSCHLAND STERLING SILVER SOUVENIR SPOON,  Silver Set of 12 Fruit Knives Berlin Germany Circa 1860,  ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER MATCH SAFE VESTA CASE ACID WORKED AND BLACK FIELD,  BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER CIGARETTE BOX,  BEAUTIFUL ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER CIGARETTE BOX,  Antique German Silver 800 Cup Wilhelm Binder Crown Moon Germany 19th Century,  Antique Wesco Ladies German Silver Change Purse,  Vintage German Antiko 100 Rose Silverplate Cake Pie Server,  Antique German 800 Silver Art Nouveau Repousse Cherubs Case Box HEAVY 89 GRAMS,  Antique German 800 Silver Repousse Case Box HEAVY 46 GRAMS,  ANTIQUE GERMAN SWEETMEAT SILVER DISH NUREMBERG,  1900s German WMF Silver plated Cobalt Blue Glass Jardiniere,  DISH AUSTRO HUNGARIAN GERMAN STERLING SILVER 1850 MARKED WITH A CROWN,  WMF Ikora Silverplate Oval Candy Nut Dish Germany Tarnish Resistant No 6456,  Vintage Set Of 12 Breakfast Dessert Fruit Forks 12 Knives Silver 800 German,  Fancy 800 German Sterling Silver 4 Vegetable Spoons2 Pastry Servers,  DECO 835 S GERMANY SILVER NAPKIN RING ENGRAVED NAME OF PAUL 1 BY 2 3 8 OVAL,  SIFTER SPOON GERMAN STERLING SILVER NICE SHAPE GOOD QUALITY CONDITION 1890,  ANTIQUE 20thC RARE GERMAN SOLID SILVER GILT MASSIVE CUP COVER HANAU c1910,  Antique 1800s Wilkens German 830 Silver Small 6 Round Serving Tray Plate 107g,  ANTIQUE 20thC GERMAN SOLID SILVER PAIR OF HUGE KNIGHT HORSEMAN FIGURES c1900,  Antique 19th Century German 835 Silver Small 8 Oval Serving Tray Plate 104g,  Antique Silver Cat German circa 1910 stock id 8334,  

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