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EARLY 20TH CENTURY SET OF THREE STERLING SILVER CRYSTAL SWAN SALTS FROM GERMANY
EARLY 20TH CENTURY SET OF THREE STERLING SILVER CRYSTAL SWAN SALTS FROM GERMANY
$250.00
SMALL GERMAN SILVER BOWL
SMALL GERMAN SILVER BOWL
$26.61
Bremer Silberwarenfabrick BSF 90 Germany Silver Plate Compote Spoon Pat 86 Roses
Bremer Silberwarenfabrick BSF 90 Germany Silver Plate Compote Spoon Pat 86 Roses
$7.50
Bremer Silberwarenfabrick BSF90 Germany Silver Plate 3 Dessert Forks Pat86 Roses
Bremer Silberwarenfabrick BSF90 Germany Silver Plate 3 Dessert Forks Pat86 Roses
$15.00
Art Nouveau German WMF Silverplate Spoon Fork Henckels Knife Set Ivy Leaf Berry
Art Nouveau German WMF Silverplate Spoon Fork Henckels Knife Set Ivy Leaf Berry
$75.00
Eugen Schroder German 800 Silver Berlin Forks  Knives Flatware Set of 11 3932
Eugen Schroder German 800 Silver Berlin Forks Knives Flatware Set of 11 3932
$209.07
SILVER PLATE FRUIT TRAY ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER DRY FRUITS TRAY ART DECO
SILVER PLATE FRUIT TRAY ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER DRY FRUITS TRAY ART DECO
$132.00
German Silver Box with Lock Rare Antique European Box Store Item With Handle
German Silver Box with Lock Rare Antique European Box Store Item With Handle
$175.20
Antique German Solid Silver Fruit Bread Bowl Hammered Finish Gottlieb Kurz 800
Antique German Solid Silver Fruit Bread Bowl Hammered Finish Gottlieb Kurz 800
$565.45
LOT OF 6 SILVER SIGNED 18th 19th CENTURY GERMAN PRUSSIAN SPOONS 25
LOT OF 6 SILVER SIGNED 18th 19th CENTURY GERMAN PRUSSIAN SPOONS 25
$378.00
Antique German 800 Silver Hand Hammered  Amethyst Footed Box
Antique German 800 Silver Hand Hammered Amethyst Footed Box
$225.00
Silver Plated Candy Dish 24th Medical Battalion Army Made In Germany
Silver Plated Candy Dish 24th Medical Battalion Army Made In Germany
$12.99
Early 1900s Coin Silver Heidelberg Germany Souvenir Spoon 900 Fine
Early 1900s Coin Silver Heidelberg Germany Souvenir Spoon 900 Fine
$22.50
Vintage Soviet Russian Flatware 6 Dinner Forks USSR Melchior German Silver
Vintage Soviet Russian Flatware 6 Dinner Forks USSR Melchior German Silver
$45.00
Antique Sterling Silver Napkin Germany Post 1886 2
Antique Sterling Silver Napkin Germany Post 1886 2
$29.50
Antique German Silver 800 basket Putti Angel Cherub
Antique German Silver 800 basket Putti Angel Cherub
$135.00
German 830 Silver Cup Hand Wrought
German 830 Silver Cup Hand Wrought
$95.00
Antique German Wilkens  Sohne 835 Silver TRAY WITH GLASS
Antique German Wilkens Sohne 835 Silver TRAY WITH GLASS
$300.00
Burberg German Silverplate Soup Punch Ladle 11 1 2
Burberg German Silverplate Soup Punch Ladle 11 1 2
$24.99
Antique 1800s Sterling Silver Shoe Lace Hook Possibly German
Antique 1800s Sterling Silver Shoe Lace Hook Possibly German
$19.99
Freiburg Germany Silver Souvenir Spoon 800
Freiburg Germany Silver Souvenir Spoon 800
$9.99

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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 800 Silver Oberammergau Souvenir Spoon by Gebruder Reiner,  HARLEQUIN SNAKES Sugar Tongs German SOLID 800 SILVER ca1900,  teapot silver metal punched 19th centuries German or Swiss punch,  Fine GERMAN 800 Silver Pierced Rococo Design Ice Cream SERVER OS,  ANTIQUE VICTORIAN German STERLING SILVER GRAPE SHEARS NR,  Fine GERMAN 800 Silver Pierced Rococo Design Egg Shaped Bowl Serving Spoon OS,  GERMAN 800 Silver Pierced Rococo Design Egg Shaped Bowl Demitasse Spoon OS,  RARE GERMAN SILVER PLATED HAND CHASED DISH,  GERMAN ART DECO 835 SILVER BOWL STERLING,  Silver Cup 800 German,  Fine Silver Crystal Claret Jug Wine Decanter Wilhelm T Binder Germany Ca 1900,  Solid Silver Fawn Miniature Figure Germany Ca 1900,  Art Nouveau WMF 6 Silver Plated Glass Holders Germany Ca 1900,  Solid Silver Fawn Miniature Figure Germany Ca 1900,  Antiko 100 Silver Germany Berlin Souvenir Spoon 89 grams 4 spoon,  Art Nouveau WMF Silver Plated 5pcs Boxed Baby Set Germany Circa 1900,  1891 Master Salt Bowl GEORG ROTH CO Hanau Germany 800 Silver ornate design,  ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU JUGENSTIL GERMANY 800 STERLING SILVER NAPKIN RING,  ATLANTIC CITY N JERSEY STERLING 925 REU GERMANY SOUVENIR SUGAR SPOON FW 122,  19th Century German 800 Silver Swirled Ball Wine Bottle Stopper,  Small Antique Continental Silver German Vodka Shot Cup 19th Century 27g,  Small Antique Continental Silver Miniature German Pin Tray 31g,  WMF ORIVIT Art Nouveau Silver Plated Twin Bowl Basket German Jugendstil,  ANTIQUE MINIATURE BATHING CART NOVELTY HANAU 800 SILVER GERMANY,  MH Wilkens Shne German 830 Silver Tray Platter,  German silver 800 fine silver fruit bowl very ornate,  Marked 1942 Mangasil Silverplate WWII German Serving Spoon,  800 REU Silver Ellwangen Germany Souvenir Spoon Free Shipping,  800 Silver Freiburg Germany Souvenir Spoon Free Shipping,  18TH CENTURY GILDED SILVER WINE GOBLET ANTIQUE GERMANY,  130g Antique German Sterling Silver Cookie Tongs Putti Rides Fish Cherubs Relief,  Ikora Germany 2 Toned Hammered Brush Satin Silverplate 4 Footed Bowl Pearlized,  1902 Antique German 800 Sterling Silver Golf Trophy 760g,  Wolf Knell German Hanau 800 Silver Lidded Pitcher 1887 Raised Grape Foliate,  WMF 1930 hammered silver coffee pot milk pitcher sugar bowl made in Germany,  Gebruder Kuhn German 800 Silver Hand Hammered Cigarette Case c1860,  GERMAN 900 SILVER ENAMEL CIGARETTE CASE REDHEAD BURLESQUE DANCER c1920 Risque,  Antique German Cut Glass and Silver Mounted Claret Jug Circa 1890,  Berlin Sterling Enamel Souvenir Spoon Reichstagsbaude,  Antique marked Germany centerpiece silver center plate w legs floral design,  Nice German Sterling Silver Swan Dish,  Antique KRUPP BERNDORF Silverplate Serving Fork Flatware Germany,  VINTAGE 1930 40s BOXED SET GERMANY HILDESHEIM ROSE 100 SILVERPLATE SPOONS,  800 German Silver Souvenir Spoon Switzerland Alphorn,  German WMF Art Deco Silver Plate Punch Ladle 1920,  German Sterling Silver Pie Cake Server WILKENS SHNE Bremen Hemelingen 1890,  VINTAGE SET OF FOUR GERMAN 835 SILVER SHOT GLASSES,  Set of 4 12 in European Silver Black Marble Antique German Candle Sticks,  Set of 2 55 in European Silver Antique German Cupid on Goat Candle Holders,  Large German Tureen Hanau Silver,  

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