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Vintage 800 Silver BRUCKMANN German Sugar tongs no monogram
Vintage 800 Silver BRUCKMANN German Sugar tongs no monogram
$19.99
Vintage 800 Silver BRUCKMANN German Spoon no monogram
Vintage 800 Silver BRUCKMANN German Spoon no monogram
$13.99
Pair of German five armed silver candlesticks
Pair of German five armed silver candlesticks
$750.00
German 800 Silver Compote Repousse Fruit and Leaves Circa 1880
German 800 Silver Compote Repousse Fruit and Leaves Circa 1880
$695.00
Germany German Flag Coat Of Arms Souvenir Spoon Silverplate Argente Versilbert O
Germany German Flag Coat Of Arms Souvenir Spoon Silverplate Argente Versilbert O
$19.99
Antique Art Nouveau Deco German Solid Silver 2 Handled Urn Bowl Gebrder Reiner
Antique Art Nouveau Deco German Solid Silver 2 Handled Urn Bowl Gebrder Reiner
$287.92
SILVER GILT BOX Porcelain Plaque SEED PEARLS c1890 GERMANY
SILVER GILT BOX Porcelain Plaque SEED PEARLS c1890 GERMANY
$252.28
Vintage WWII Era 800 Silver Footed Openwork Candy Basket Germany
Vintage WWII Era 800 Silver Footed Openwork Candy Basket Germany
$398.00
Antique Vintage WMF NS Nickel Silver Large Tray GERMANY
Antique Vintage WMF NS Nickel Silver Large Tray GERMANY
$30.00
6 Antique German 750  800 Silver Cups Goblets Crescent  Moon 325 grams
6 Antique German 750 800 Silver Cups Goblets Crescent Moon 325 grams
$285.00
Antique German Hanau Figural Silver Pickle Fork Bare Breasted Columbia
Antique German Hanau Figural Silver Pickle Fork Bare Breasted Columbia
$65.00
Vintage Sugar Creamer Tray National Silver Company EPNS Germany
Vintage Sugar Creamer Tray National Silver Company EPNS Germany
$14.97
ANTIQUE CRYSTAL TOPPED SOLID SILVER THIMBLE PROBABLY GERMAN
ANTIQUE CRYSTAL TOPPED SOLID SILVER THIMBLE PROBABLY GERMAN
$89.27
Antique Osnabruck Germany Solid Silver Wine Goblet or Chalice c1800 680 C KAY
Antique Osnabruck Germany Solid Silver Wine Goblet or Chalice c1800 680 C KAY
$511.03
WMF Antique Art Nouveau Glass Metal Silver Plated Vase Ostrich Mark Germany
WMF Antique Art Nouveau Glass Metal Silver Plated Vase Ostrich Mark Germany
$185.00
Beautiful Antique 800 Silver Bright Cut German Napkin Ring No Monogram
Beautiful Antique 800 Silver Bright Cut German Napkin Ring No Monogram
$41.99
ANTIQUE STONE TOPPED SOLID SILVER THIMBLE GERMAN
ANTIQUE STONE TOPPED SOLID SILVER THIMBLE GERMAN
$89.27
ANTIQUE CRYSTAL TOPPED SOLID SILVER THIMBLE GERMAN
ANTIQUE CRYSTAL TOPPED SOLID SILVER THIMBLE GERMAN
$89.27
ANTIQUE BRUCKMAN  SOHNE GERMANY 800 silver FIGURAL ICE CREAM SLICE BACCHUS
ANTIQUE BRUCKMAN SOHNE GERMANY 800 silver FIGURAL ICE CREAM SLICE BACCHUS
$500.00
800 SILVER BRIGHT CUT GERMAN NAPKIN RING ENGRAVED NAME OF DORA 1 1 2 BY 2
800 SILVER BRIGHT CUT GERMAN NAPKIN RING ENGRAVED NAME OF DORA 1 1 2 BY 2
$90.00
Antique German 800 Silver Ornate Figural Repousse Tea Strainer Village Scenes
Antique German 800 Silver Ornate Figural Repousse Tea Strainer Village Scenes
$165.00

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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.

Very rare German Silver Chalice Vintage,  Early 1900s Coin Silver Heidelberg Germany Souvenir Spoon 900 Fine,  Towle Chelmsford Silverplate Satin Finish Flatware 22 Pieces Made in Germany,  German Patent 100 Silver Plated Tablespoon,  Antique 5 Piece Silver Coffee Tea Serving Set 800 Silver Germany Late 1800s,  QUALITY HEAVY GERMAN STERLING SILVER SHELL WITH SHELL FEET HALLMARKED 563 T OZ,  German Silver Plate Teaspoon Set Locomotive Train Makers Mark Schwamberger,  ANTIQUE SILVER 835 GOBLET GERMAN POLISH,  12 Vintage German Heinrich Herber 800 Silver Serving Spoons Hallmarked,  4 GERMAN 800 SILVER VINTAGE FIGURAL SPOONS,  1858 antique 100 grams 812 silver ALLMANN Bechtheim Germany Incense Censer,  1920s GERMAN BAUHAUS KALLMEYER HARJES SILVER PLATE 6 SOUP CEREAL BOWL SET,  German Silver Plate Antique Pie Cake Server RK 90 RK 90,  Vintage Mid Century 1972 Munich Germany Sterling Silver Bowl Olympics Souvenir ,  Vintage Lidded Cup with spout German Silver Pacos Monterrey,  German 800 silver mesh chainmail purse,  ANTIQUE German Silver Adam Mann Sohn AMD 800 ROSE Olive Condiment Fork NICE,  ANTIQUE 800 GERMAN SILVER TEA CADY,  LQQK ANTIQUE Vanity Horse Hair Clothing Brush REPOUSSE FLORAL GERMAN SILVER,  Jugendstil Art Nouveau 800 Silver German Round Serving Tea Tray 884 Grams,  VINTAGE GERMAN SILVER SUGAR SPOON Kleeblatt Rose 1959,  GOOD ANTIQUE 800 GERMAN SILVER ARTS CRAFT HAND BEATEN ENGRAVED LARGE BANGLE,  ANTIQUE Textured Wood Handle Tea Strainer German Solid Sterling Silver Signed,  Antique Silver Sterling Tray Ornament 800 Wooden Handle ART DECO Germany Signed,  2 Antique Solid SILVER Spoons 1842 BRAHMFELD GUTRUF Hamburg Germany BG 94 gr,  Antique Hanau Germany Solid Silver HOT WATER Chocolate Tea Coffee POT 1854,  Pair of German 18th Century Framed Repousse Silver Figures Marked Tittmoning,  Antique German Stuttgart city mark Baden Wrttemberg Silver spoon 46 Grams 8 1 4,  Beautiful 19C Antique Silver Gilt Louis XVI Style Chased German Coffee Set Hanau,  SILVER SHOE PIN CUTION POTPOURRI 800 Silver Neresheimer Son Hanau Germany 1890,  WMF IKORA Silverplate Bowl Satin Brushed Open Work Border Made In Germany,  Germany The German Empire German 1917A Silver Half Mark Coin WW1 RARE COIN,  Milk Cream Jug 830 Grade Silver By F J Schroder 575g Milchknnchen German,  Antique Vintage Enameled Sterling Silver frankfurta Germany Souvenir Spoon eagle,  Antique solid silver Gold fish candle stick German 830S lion rare gift,  Antique solid silver gild spoons 122 mm 12 twelve set German WMF 800 EEH NR gift,  MAGNIFICENT GERMAN SOLID SILVER 800 TONGS MARKED 800 MOON CROWN,  Joachim Friedrich Sebald Silver Table Snuff Box Germany Circa 1800,  Art Nouveau German 800 Silver Pierced Ladle Cherub Storck Sinsheirmer C 1900,  WMF Art Deco Silver Plated Presentation Trophy Cup Germany Circa 1925,  WMF Art Nouveau Silver Plated 5 Light Candelabra Germany Ca 1920,  WMF Silver Plated Jewelry Box Tea Caddy Germany Ca 1920,  Kayser Art Nouveau Silver Plated Punch Bowl and Ladle Germany Circa 1890,  HUGE MAGNIFICANT SOLID SILVER BUTLERS SERVING TRAY GERMAN 800 Sterling 1427g,  Set 4 Late 19th Cent German Silver Rococo Pattern Teaspoons Leafy Handles,  Novelty Silver Glass Place Name Numerical Markers Set Germany Ca 1900,  German Sterling Silver Charger Plate Antique 1886,  Unique Antique German Silver Double Wine Cup Simon Rosenau Bad Kissingen Ca 1880,  1886 German Sterling Silver Charger Plate,  Nice Silverplate Souvenir Spoon Bad Griesbach Germany Antiko 100,  

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