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STUNNING VINTAGE GERMAN 800 SILVER GILT  ENAMEL SOUVENIR SPOON WEISBADEN
STUNNING VINTAGE GERMAN 800 SILVER GILT ENAMEL SOUVENIR SPOON WEISBADEN
$19.80
Art Deco Quist GERMANY Silver plate Tray Nuts Bowl Candy Bonbon Dish Roses deco
Art Deco Quist GERMANY Silver plate Tray Nuts Bowl Candy Bonbon Dish Roses deco
$19.99
VINTAGE SALAD KNIFE STAINLESS  SILVERPATE GERMAN SILVER MELCHIOR USSR
VINTAGE SALAD KNIFE STAINLESS SILVERPATE GERMAN SILVER MELCHIOR USSR
$9.99
Dreyfuss Antique German 800 Silver Ornate Scenic Box
Dreyfuss Antique German 800 Silver Ornate Scenic Box
$350.00
Antique German 800 Silver Miniature Scenic Ornate Table
Antique German 800 Silver Miniature Scenic Ornate Table
$175.00
Antique German 800 Silver Cherub Putti Miniature Triangular Ornate Table
Antique German 800 Silver Cherub Putti Miniature Triangular Ornate Table
$125.00
Antique German 800 Silver Ornate Floral Basket Pierced Napkin Ring
Antique German 800 Silver Ornate Floral Basket Pierced Napkin Ring
$150.00
Antique German Hanau Sterling Silver Double Sided Putti Cupid Fishin
Antique German Hanau Sterling Silver Double Sided Putti Cupid Fishin
$800.00
Simon Rosenau Antique Hanau German 800 Silver Putti Miniature Ornate Table
Simon Rosenau Antique Hanau German 800 Silver Putti Miniature Ornate Table
$175.00
Bruckmann  Sohne Antique German 800 Silver Floral Ornate Napkin Ring
Bruckmann Sohne Antique German 800 Silver Floral Ornate Napkin Ring
$100.00
750 Berlin Silver Cup Crowns on both sides with initials 136 Grams
750 Berlin Silver Cup Crowns on both sides with initials 136 Grams
$9.99
ART DECO CUTLERY SOLID SILVER 800 AND GOLD PLATED Manufacturer SGS Germany 1930
ART DECO CUTLERY SOLID SILVER 800 AND GOLD PLATED Manufacturer SGS Germany 1930
$3,500.00
2 Antique German 800 Silver Cut Glass Inside Crystal Stoppers Perfume Bottle Set
2 Antique German 800 Silver Cut Glass Inside Crystal Stoppers Perfume Bottle Set
$175.00
Vintage WMF Sterling Silver German Made Bon Bon Dessert Spoon
Vintage WMF Sterling Silver German Made Bon Bon Dessert Spoon
$34.00
800 Silver German Spoon
800 Silver German Spoon
$16.00
Vintage german 800 sterling silver pair of napkin rings engraved decoration
Vintage german 800 sterling silver pair of napkin rings engraved decoration
$174.99
Art Deco WMF Silver Plated 4pcs Tea Coffee Set Germany 1900
Art Deco WMF Silver Plated 4pcs Tea Coffee Set Germany 1900
$399.99
Antique Hanau 800 Silver Pierced Basket by JD Schleissner Germany
Antique Hanau 800 Silver Pierced Basket by JD Schleissner Germany
$150.00
Antique Sterling Silver And Tuquoise Ring Made In Germany
Antique Sterling Silver And Tuquoise Ring Made In Germany
$25.00
1865c Sterling Handle Baumwork Heinr Broker  Co Solingen Germany Dinner Knife
1865c Sterling Handle Baumwork Heinr Broker Co Solingen Germany Dinner Knife
$59.00
Vom Cleff Germany STERLING SILVER GRAPE SHEARS W ANGRY FOX ON THE HANDLES
Vom Cleff Germany STERLING SILVER GRAPE SHEARS W ANGRY FOX ON THE HANDLES
$249.99

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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.

OLD ANTIQUE 800 GERMAN SILVER SOUP LADLE 188 GRAMS,  Vtg Silver Plate Round 12 Serving Tray HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WMF IKORA GERMANY 6437,  BEAUTIFUL PLATE SOLID 800 SILVER GERMANY HANAU,  BEAUTIFUL SOLID 800 SILVER DECANTER WITH 1 CUP GERMANY HANAU,  Small Antique Continental Silver German Vodka Shot Cup 19th Century 27g,  Huge German Silver Goblet Cup By Humbert Sohn Berlin Ca 1850,  925 STERLING SILVER FINE TOOTHPICK FROM GERMANY SFS,  546g 3 Vintage German 800 Silver Hammered Square Dishes OTTO WOLTER,  W2 Beautiful Alpacca Silver plated Candlestick Antique German 1910s,  Art Deco silver claret jug Berlin circa 1910,  Antique German Silver Basket,  German Cut Glass and Silver Mounted Claret Jug Antique Circa 1890,  Antique German Silver Beaker Circa 1760,  German Silver Beaker Antique Circa 1760,  Large Georgian Period Solid Silver German Made Ladle with Ebony Handle,  Quality Pair of 833 Grade German Silver Candlesticks 1946,  RARE GERMAN HM 800 GRADE SILVER 4 piece TEA SET c 1920,  Antique Vintage Bernau Germany Silver Tourist Spoon,  art deco 1925 german 800 silver 6 demi tasse spoons WMF 77g,  Vintage 800 Silver G DAHMEN FORK 8 3 8 German,  6 Nice Vintage German pattern Silver plated Dinner Table forks,  6 Nice Vintage German pattern Silver plated Serving Table Spoons,  Vintage German Hildesheimer Rose 800 Silver SMALL FORK ROSE ON HANDLE,  Vintage Hanseat Silverplate Entree Cake Sweet Forks 6 pc Ornate Set Germany,  Old 800 Silver German Modernist Art Deco Pill Or Snuff Box By Gustav Haber SL,  Set Silver 800 Cigarette case and match box vesta w box German 1900s Hallmarked,  Germany German Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik Silver Plated BowlCup 1935 45,  Vintage 800 German Silver Berlin Souvenir Spoon,  Antique Vintage Sterling Silver Repousse Grape Shears Vom Cleff,  Vintage WMF IKORA Germany Silverplate Footed Oval Tray Dish Bowl,  Antique German silver soup ladle ca 1848 RARE Schrodter huge 12 loth 181g OB1987,  ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER EMBOSSED HANDLES SCISSORS W CO GERMANY,  1925 german 800 silver golden metal luncheon forks knives 24p art deco,  20th c german 800 silver 4 serving spoons salad cream tea 231gr,  1900 german 800 silver golden metal 5 serving pieces modern style,  Beautiful Auerhahn 835 Silver Vintage German NIB 6 Demitasse Spoons Dudeldorf,  Set of 2 Serving Spoons H Meyen Co 800 German Silver Antique 8 3 4 210gr,  German Silverplate Wellner 6 Demitasse spoons 520 90 15 Johann Strauss Pattern,  Vintage Coin Silver L M Rosenthal Berlin Germany 14 FIDDLE SOUP LADLE,  ANNIVERSARY Gift Silverplate Dish Pierced Fruit Bowl German Footed No Tarnish,  Vintage 835 Solid Silver ALBO German Albert Bodemer Rose Fork Spoon 1940s 50,  German Vintage 800 Silver MASTER BUTTER KNIFE Unknown Maker 8 nm,  WALKING STICK STERLING SILVER TROPICAL TIMBER GERMANY CIRCA 1925,  German Vintage 800 Silver PASTRY OR CHEESE KNIFE Unknown Maker 8 1 4 nm,  Vintage 835 SILVER CREAMER SUGAR German W Binder,  VINTAGE GERMAN 800 SILVER GOLD WASHED TIGERS EYE MINIATURE MANDOLIN ON STAND,  German Continental Silver 750 Tablespoon Mono F SCHMIDT 1872 Wellhausen,  GERMAN ART DECO SILVER 800 TRAY 186gr HAND CRAFTED ENGRAVING,  FINE ANTIQUE SILVER GERMAN BERTHOLD MULLER SMALL JUG CHESTER IMPORT MARKS,  ROMANCE Rosenthal SERVING SPOON Silver Plated NEW NEVER USED 8 1 8 long Germany,  

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