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ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER WATER LADLE WITH FIDDLE SHAPE HANDLE
ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER WATER LADLE WITH FIDDLE SHAPE HANDLE
$199.95
Antique Silver Spatula 305 oz Saart SSMC Sterling Germany Rosebud Patern 1903
Antique Silver Spatula 305 oz Saart SSMC Sterling Germany Rosebud Patern 1903
$49.99
ANTIQUE GERMAN E L Vietor SILVER 800 128 PC FLATWARE SET MONOGRAM S
ANTIQUE GERMAN E L Vietor SILVER 800 128 PC FLATWARE SET MONOGRAM S
$3,388.00
Old Vintage Sterling Silver Enamel Texas Souvenir Spoon KLEPA ARTS GERMANY
Old Vintage Sterling Silver Enamel Texas Souvenir Spoon KLEPA ARTS GERMANY
$14.99
Antique Vintage European Germany SilverPlate Ink Pen PlaceWMF B I O OX215 c1800s
Antique Vintage European Germany SilverPlate Ink Pen PlaceWMF B I O OX215 c1800s
$165.95
Beautiful silver bell Girl with a bucket Solid silver 800 Germany
Beautiful silver bell Girl with a bucket Solid silver 800 Germany
$124.78
Web Germany Mid Century Vintage Sterling Silver Pastry Ice Fork Scissor Tongs
Web Germany Mid Century Vintage Sterling Silver Pastry Ice Fork Scissor Tongs
$129.50
ANTIQUE GERMANY SET 12 SILVER marked 800 BELMONTE SPOON ART DECO 172 gram total
ANTIQUE GERMANY SET 12 SILVER marked 800 BELMONTE SPOON ART DECO 172 gram total
$154.90
German Antique 800 Sterling Silver Figural Lady Ornate Dinner Bell
German Antique 800 Sterling Silver Figural Lady Ornate Dinner Bell
$375.00
Alaska Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon 4 93 grams Klepa Arts Germany Enamel
Alaska Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoon 4 93 grams Klepa Arts Germany Enamel
$29.99
VINTAGE SILVER PLATE ROUND TRAY DISH 25cm QUIST GERMANY
VINTAGE SILVER PLATE ROUND TRAY DISH 25cm QUIST GERMANY
$19.95
Sterling Cup Hanau GERMANY w raised Figural Decor 1626 Man and Crest Trophy
Sterling Cup Hanau GERMANY w raised Figural Decor 1626 Man and Crest Trophy
$999.99
Antique 800 Silver Cherub Putti Ornate Art Nouveau German Napkin Ring
Antique 800 Silver Cherub Putti Ornate Art Nouveau German Napkin Ring
$300.00
Pair of Art Deco Germany 800 Silver  Cut Crystal Cologne Bottles
Pair of Art Deco Germany 800 Silver Cut Crystal Cologne Bottles
$49.99
1969 Klepa Arts Christmas Spoon Enameled Silverplate Frohe Weihnachten Germany
1969 Klepa Arts Christmas Spoon Enameled Silverplate Frohe Weihnachten Germany
$9.95
Antique Germany Koch  Bergfeld Perl 90 Silverplate 6 Spoons 6 Forks 6 Knives
Antique Germany Koch Bergfeld Perl 90 Silverplate 6 Spoons 6 Forks 6 Knives
$75.00
Vintage WMF IKORA Germany Silverplate Footed Oval Tray Dish Bowl
Vintage WMF IKORA Germany Silverplate Footed Oval Tray Dish Bowl
$12.99
20th c german 800 silver 4 serving spoons salad cream tea 231gr
20th c german 800 silver 4 serving spoons salad cream tea 231gr
$200.00
1900 german 800 silver  golden metal 5 serving pieces modern style
1900 german 800 silver golden metal 5 serving pieces modern style
$135.00
1925 german 800 silver  golden metal luncheon forks  knives 24p art deco
1925 german 800 silver golden metal luncheon forks knives 24p art deco
$260.00
German SCANDINAVIAN ART DECO Sterling candle stick angel figure w guitar 1930
German SCANDINAVIAN ART DECO Sterling candle stick angel figure w guitar 1930
$1,720.00

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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 Lidded Cup with spout German Silver Pacos Monterrey,  WMF EP BRASS GERMANY SILVER SERVING TRAY OVAL PLATTER BOWL ORNATE ESTATE,  2 Nice WMF Germany 90 Silver Plated 45 Large 8 Dinner Forks Mid Century Vtg,  SET OF 13 VINTAGE GERMAN 800 SILVER FORKS ALL ENGRAVED WITH THE INITIAL K,  GERMAN SILVER GOURD MATE ALPACCA GOLD 18K BOMBILLA INFUSION BREWING SET SIGNED,  Vintage 100 Silver Rothenburg ob der Tauber Germany Bavaria Souvenir Spoon,  Antique Covered Honey Bowl Crystal German Sterling Silver BEE Wilkens,  MAGNIFICENT 1920 GERMAN SILVER CANDY DISH WITH AGATE BASE TOP,  ORNATE CAST SILVER DUTCH STYLE TEA CADDY SPOON GEORG ROTH HANAU GERMANY 45,  ANTIQUE WMF ART NOUVEAU SILVER PLATED PEWTER BEAKER GERMAN DRAGONFLY FROG,  Carmel Souvenir German Silver By the Sea Picture Estate Sale VINTAGE,  Sterlingcraft Silver CO 3 Pc Oval Serving Platters German Silver Nickel KTT4,  800 German Silver Deer Leg Hoof Knife circa 1890 Wilhelm Binder w Gilding,  Antique 19th C German Dutch Solid Silver Snuff Box Or Pill Form Of Heart Cherubs,  Vintage Bremer Werksttten German Hand Wrought 835 Silver Bowl 1890 1947,  Vintage Dutch Or German Solid Silver Set Of 1 To 12 In Numbers As Menu Holders,  Siebel Silver Electroplate 36 pc w Presentation Case Germany 90 Flatware,  Retro Vintage German Silver Plated Raised Bowl Dish with Bun Feet,  Vintage Retro German Silver Plated Raised Bowl with Bun Feet,  Gorgous Hand Wrought 830 German Silver Napkin Ring,  Antique Rare German 800 silver tea spoons Herman Spliedt Asian style,  Antique German Silver Spirit Funnel 1720 stock id 8223,  WMF Fachermuster Silverplate Cutlery Fantastic German Setting For 6,  Large German Solid Silver Table Serving Spoon 43grms c1850,  Silver and Enamel Rothenburg Rathaus Germany Souvenir Spoon 1960s,  2 Sterling Silver German Spoon 18th Century,  Antiques Germany 19th C 800 Silver Box,  SET TO SERVE COFFEE SILVER BAUHAUS STYLE GERMANY CIRCA 1925,  3 DUTCH APOSTLE SPOONS TWISTED HANDLES STERLING SILVER MADE CIRCA 1880 GERMAN,  Towle Chelmsford Silverplate 3 Dinner Forks 8 1 4 Germany,  ANGEL FINIAL SUGAR SPOON STERLING SILVER GERMAN 1900 MARKED 800 STANDARD,  Antique Art Deco Sterling Silver Dresden Germany Enamel Souvenir Spoon,  Antique Vintage BSF Silverplate Spoons Made in Germany in Original Jewelers Box,  19c ANTIQUE GERMAN HAND MADE DECORATED 800 SILVER GOBLET CUP signed,  800 Silver Tea Caddy Berlin Germany 1830 Jeau Demessicur Brandenburg,  RARE GERMAN 800 SOLID SILVER ART DECO EGYPT CIGARETTE CASE ANTIQUE c1920,  Vintage Silver Plate Ornate German Octagon,  WMF IKORA Germany Brushed Silver Plated 125 Footed Serving Dish,  JACOB GRIMMINGER GERMAN ANTIQUE SILVER 800 SUGAR TONGS 16grMAGEN DAVID MARK,  Antique German silver centerpiece Berlin c 1900,  Antique 19thC German Silver Seal with Initials A E,  Antique German Solid Silver Pill or Snuff Box,  Antique German Solid Silver Pill or Snuff Box with Shepherd and a Sheep,  A German silver coffee pot 20th Century,  3 old german silver teaspoons,  4 Vintage German Silver Spoon Kaiserslautern,  ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER TRAY WITH GERMANY 1782 PATRONA BAVARIAE COIN 20 KREUZER,  Antique Alvin Germany Sterling V CL Company Manicure Sewing Scissors,  Vintage German 835 Silver Souvenir Spoon Munich Munchen,  Antique German Sterling Silver Repouss Master Salt Spoon 925,  

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