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Vintage W MF EPBRASS GERMANY Silver Plated Ornate Dish
Vintage W MF EPBRASS GERMANY Silver Plated Ornate Dish
$15.00
Vintage 800 Silver Souvenir Neuschwansien Bulvaria Germany Swan Relief
Vintage 800 Silver Souvenir Neuschwansien Bulvaria Germany Swan Relief
$16.00
Vintage Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon Deutschland Germany Antiko100 Silver
Vintage Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon Deutschland Germany Antiko100 Silver
$18.00
Vintage Silber 800 Silver Souvenir Spoon German Lidded Beer Stein
Vintage Silber 800 Silver Souvenir Spoon German Lidded Beer Stein
$15.00
Eisenberg Lozano WMF GERMANY Silverplate  Crystal CRUET
Eisenberg Lozano WMF GERMANY Silverplate Crystal CRUET
$24.99
Lot of Sterling German Coin Silver  1 prns Souvenir Spoons Hors doeuvre Forks
Lot of Sterling German Coin Silver 1 prns Souvenir Spoons Hors doeuvre Forks
$75.00
Antique Art Deco Era Set 6 WMF Silverplate Fruit Knives 7 Made In Germany
Antique Art Deco Era Set 6 WMF Silverplate Fruit Knives 7 Made In Germany
$69.99
Vintage German Circa 1920s 830S Silver Serving Dish Rare Read Description
Vintage German Circa 1920s 830S Silver Serving Dish Rare Read Description
$620.00
Museum Quality Vintage Antique 1870s STERLING SILVER Decanter Hanau Germany
Museum Quality Vintage Antique 1870s STERLING SILVER Decanter Hanau Germany
$1,299.99
800 SILVER SOUVENIR SPOON KOLN GERMANY
800 SILVER SOUVENIR SPOON KOLN GERMANY
$6.88
800 SILVER SOUVENIR SPOON FROM HAMBURG GERMANY
800 SILVER SOUVENIR SPOON FROM HAMBURG GERMANY
$6.88
1880 1900 GERMAN 800 SILVER SWING HANDLE FRUIT CAKE PASTRY SWEETMEAT BASKET
1880 1900 GERMAN 800 SILVER SWING HANDLE FRUIT CAKE PASTRY SWEETMEAT BASKET
$292.03
Vintage Lot 22 Pieces Dinner Set German 800 Silver Flatware SGS Germany
Vintage Lot 22 Pieces Dinner Set German 800 Silver Flatware SGS Germany
$799.99
Antq Pre WWII Germany 835 Silver Set of Two Beverage Stir Sticks
Antq Pre WWII Germany 835 Silver Set of Two Beverage Stir Sticks
$49.95
VINTAGE SOLID SILVER ENAMEL MUNICH GERMANY SOUVENIR SPOON
VINTAGE SOLID SILVER ENAMEL MUNICH GERMANY SOUVENIR SPOON
$19.99
GERMAN SOUVENIR VINTAGE SOLID SILVER FIGURAL SPOON NUREMBERG NURNBERG
GERMAN SOUVENIR VINTAGE SOLID SILVER FIGURAL SPOON NUREMBERG NURNBERG
$34.99
Antique Wolfenden Sterling Silver 1800s Lemon Fork German Rare Dinner Beautiful
Antique Wolfenden Sterling Silver 1800s Lemon Fork German Rare Dinner Beautiful
$19.95
Fine Antique German 800 Silver Tea Cup  Saucer  Spoon Bright Cut Gold Vermeil
Fine Antique German 800 Silver Tea Cup Saucer Spoon Bright Cut Gold Vermeil
$90.00
Vintage Quist Silver plated Leaf tray Wurtemberg Blattschale West Germany boxed
Vintage Quist Silver plated Leaf tray Wurtemberg Blattschale West Germany boxed
$20.75
Antique Etched Glass Sterling Silver Decanter Germany Full Male Figure Chased
Antique Etched Glass Sterling Silver Decanter Germany Full Male Figure Chased
$276.25
SET OF 12 DEMITASSE SPOONS INITIAL K 800 SILVER GERMANY 4 1 8 LONG
SET OF 12 DEMITASSE SPOONS INITIAL K 800 SILVER GERMANY 4 1 8 LONG
$149.00

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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.

Vintage German Silver Glob Putto 19th Century,  WMF IKORA Silverplate Bowl Made In Germany,  MAGNIFICENT 1900 GERMAN 800 CONTINENTAL SILVER DISH,  c1900 Meyle and Mayer German Sterling Silver Snuff Box with Quartz stone lid,  Antique German 800 Silver Footed Creamer Pitcher Jug,  German Crown Moon Silver 800 Webb Cut Crystal Decanter 19 Century,  magnificent antique german silver 800 jardiniere gravy boat rococo st 339g,  19th c german silver 800 tripod vase rococo st 440g hanau mark h 268cm,  Lot of 3 Antique Silver Forks by Jakob Grimminger Germany,  11VICTORIAN GERMAN STERLING SILVER HANDLE ANGEL CHERUB BLADE FISH KNIFE CUTLERY,  Vintage silver fork Julius Herz Germany the beginning XX centuryVery rare,  1780 ANTIQUE GERMANY BERLIN SIGNED SILVER MOUNTED COCONUT FLASK ENGRAVING ENAMEL,  German Antique Sterling Silver 13 Bowl Germany 18th Century,  Vintage silver plated handled Sweet Dish by German Reichhart Geschenk Ideen,  Art Nouveau Silver Sauce Boat Bruckmann Sohne Heilbronn Germany Circa 1890,  German Silver Table Gulls by Ludwig Neresheimer Antique Circa 1900,  NEW Vintage SOVIET USSR SILVER PLATED SET 6 Table Forks Melchior German Silver,  Vintage SOVIET USSR SILVER PLATED SET 6 Table SPOONS Melchior German Silver,  6 ART NOUVEAU SECESSION GERMAN WMF SILVERPLATE DINNER SPOONS SET IVY LEAF BERRY,  Set of 6 Antique silver teaspoon Germany Art Nouveau 800 silver free shipping,  Vintage Antique German 835 Silver Glass Swan Salt Cellar By Albert Bodemer,  antique silver cigarette case WW2 Wehrmacht GERMANY,  VINTAGE SILVER TONED SOUVENIR SPOON BERLIN ANTIRO,  Vintage Rothenburg Germany 800 Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon 95g,  PAIR OF WMF SILVERPLATE SUGAR BASKETS c 1940 Germany marked,  WMF SILVERPLATE PAIR OF BOWLS AND SPOONS FOR SALT c 1910 Germany marked,  WMF SILVERPLATE GILT BOWL c 1910 Germany marked silver plate,  Justinus Solingen Germany Sterling Silver Sauce Spoon,  800 GERMAN Silver SERVING Spoon 17 oz Bead Pattern Wilhelm Muller 1900 1940,  Vintage 800 GERMAN Silver DINNER Fork18oz Wilhelm Muller 1900 1940,  Vintage GERMAN Soup Spoon and Salad Fork Silverplate GILDE 90,  Vintage 800 GERMAN Silver TEASPOON 20 grams Wilhelm Muller 1900 1940,  Antique German Silver Cherubs Centerpiece Crescent MoonCrown800,  TEA CADDY ANTIQUE SILVER 800 GERMANY WEIGHT 109 grams Free Shipping Worldwide,  German Stirling Silver 850 1924 Sailing Presentation Cup 82g,  Set of 13 Friedlander 800 Silver Spoons Flatware Berlin Germany,  NEW GERMAN SILVER NICKEL 9 SERVING PLATTER STERLING CRAFT SILVER CO KT404S,  GERMAN 0835 SILVER Holloware DBL Candlestick w Cut Glass Flowers 8 oz Troy,  Voss Cutlery Co Germany ORNATE STERLING HANDLE GRAPE SHEARS Snips Scissors 6,  German Empire 1890s FRANZ MOSGAU Berlin 800 Silver Handle BRASS SAUCE LADLE 6,  Unusual Ornate Hand Mirror Cherub Floral Scroll German 800 Silver 1890,  Vintage Bambi Coin Bank Walt Disney Production Lutz And Weiss German 835 Silver,  AUXBERG BEAKER STERLING SILVER GERMAN C 1700 MARKED MODIFIED MARKED,  Antique German Silver Table Gulls by Ludwig Neresheimer Circa 1900,  RARE X LARGE PRE 1900 ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER TRIPTYCH FIGURE BY B NERESHEIMER,  Vintage Sterling Silver 835 Meat Tray Dish German,  Antique 800 Sterling Silver Cake Pie Serving Tongs Leaf Flower Made in Germany,  Magnificent Antique Vintage WMF Art Nouveau silver plate german sugar tongs I O,  Germany German Empire German 1915G Silver Mark Coin Rare High Grade,  Germany German Empire German 1915F Silver Mark Coin Rare High Grade,  

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