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W  D 1920s 1930s Rare Antique Art Deco Mesh Flapper Purse German Silver
W D 1920s 1930s Rare Antique Art Deco Mesh Flapper Purse German Silver
$39.99
Vintage Sterling Silver Scissor Tongs Made in Germany
Vintage Sterling Silver Scissor Tongs Made in Germany
$49.00
Ornate 800 Silver Dutch style Bon Bon Tea Caddy Spoon GEORG ROTH Hanau Germany
Ornate 800 Silver Dutch style Bon Bon Tea Caddy Spoon GEORG ROTH Hanau Germany
$95.00
Decorative Silver Plated West German Bud Orchid Vase
Decorative Silver Plated West German Bud Orchid Vase
$8.73
Antique Vintage Dutch Or German Silverplate Repousse Serving Tray
Antique Vintage Dutch Or German Silverplate Repousse Serving Tray
$24.99
Augsburg Germany Antique 18th Century Silver Cup
Augsburg Germany Antique 18th Century Silver Cup
$225.00
Ribbon Thread Foliate Pastry Server Bremer Silberwarenfabrik German 800 Silv
Ribbon Thread Foliate Pastry Server Bremer Silberwarenfabrik German 800 Silv
$215.00
SOLID GERMANY STERLING SILVER CIGARETTE CASE 154 GRAMS NO MONOGRAM
SOLID GERMANY STERLING SILVER CIGARETTE CASE 154 GRAMS NO MONOGRAM
$99.99
RARE ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER STAMPED 986  OUNCE TOKEN ZUFFENHAUSEN GERMANY
RARE ANTIQUE STERLING SILVER STAMPED 986 OUNCE TOKEN ZUFFENHAUSEN GERMANY
$145.00
SILVERPLATE IKORA GERMANY OVAL CANDY DISH
SILVERPLATE IKORA GERMANY OVAL CANDY DISH
$5.00
800 SILVER GERMANY NAPKIN RING ENGRAVED NAME OF LEON 1 5 8 X 1 3 4
800 SILVER GERMANY NAPKIN RING ENGRAVED NAME OF LEON 1 5 8 X 1 3 4
$110.00
Antique Copper and Silver Tea Caddy It May be German
Antique Copper and Silver Tea Caddy It May be German
$34.99
german 800 solid silver teaspoons Franz mosgau gold washed bowl
german 800 solid silver teaspoons Franz mosgau gold washed bowl
$70.00
ANTIQUE VINTAGE BERLIN 800 STERLING SILVER SOUVENIR DEMI SPOON ESTATE PIECE
ANTIQUE VINTAGE BERLIN 800 STERLING SILVER SOUVENIR DEMI SPOON ESTATE PIECE
$6.99
Vintage Germany 800 Silver Spoon HUMMEL Antiko 800
Vintage Germany 800 Silver Spoon HUMMEL Antiko 800
$17.99
Vintage WMF Silver Plated Jug Art Deco German Creamer Milk Cream Vtg
Vintage WMF Silver Plated Jug Art Deco German Creamer Milk Cream Vtg
$14.96
Vintage Caravelle Silver Plate HOKA Western Germany 3 Footed Bowl Candy Dish
Vintage Caravelle Silver Plate HOKA Western Germany 3 Footed Bowl Candy Dish
$19.99
Victorian Era Small Round German Silver Snuff Trinket Box Art Nouveau Design
Victorian Era Small Round German Silver Snuff Trinket Box Art Nouveau Design
$81.04
ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER AND ETCHED CRYSTAL CLARET DECANTER  circa 1905
ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER AND ETCHED CRYSTAL CLARET DECANTER circa 1905
$600.00
Vtg WMF 90 Germany set 4 Cocktail Dessert FORKS silverplate handle Gold tines
Vtg WMF 90 Germany set 4 Cocktail Dessert FORKS silverplate handle Gold tines
$12.00
SET OF 8 STERLING SILVER DEMITASSE CUP HOLDER GERMAN PORCELAIN LINERS LIKE LENOX
SET OF 8 STERLING SILVER DEMITASSE CUP HOLDER GERMAN PORCELAIN LINERS LIKE LENOX
$299.99

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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.

Stunning Hallmarked Sterling Silver German shepherd Dog statue,  INTERNATIONAL STERLING DEMITASSE 6PC SET ORIG BOX + GERMAN PORCELAIN CUPS,  silver bowl German antique 1940s,  Amazing LOBSTER PICKS Massive German 800 Silver 19 0Z,  Antique 800 German Silver Monkey Souvenir Spoon with Dutch Sailing Ship,  Antique Sterling Silver Germany Blue Enamel Chain Link Pattern Cigarette Case,  Antique Silverplate Footed Bowl GERMANY,  Silver Plate FOHR German Silver Plate Serving Spoon,  German Sterling Silver 800 Vintage dish of fruit 1870 RARE 19th Century,  German Hanau SOLID SILVER Mounted Etched Glass Decanter PUTTI c 1900,  Vintage Sterling Souvenir Spoon and Cocktail Fork from Ammersee Germany,  GERMAN SILVER 800 TRAY MEDALLION PORTRAITS LOUIS XVI MARIE ANTOINETTE c1886,  Antique Sheffield Germany 800 Sterling Silver Flatware Place for 6 44pc Total,  Antique German Sterling Napkin Ring by Bruckmann Sohne 16 oz,  ANTIQUE GERMAN HANAU 800 SILVER REPOUSSE FOOTED WINE TASTER TRAY NOT SCRAP 142g,  Vintage Silver Plate Ornate German Octagon,  FA 0173 ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER CIGARETTE BOX ENAMEL ALPACCA EARLY 20TH CENTURY,  ANTIQUE CIRCA 1800S EXTRA LARGE SILVER CUP GERMAN 916 OUNCES,  Antique Late 19thC German 800 Silver Julius Lemor Asparagus Tongs NR,  18th Century Augsburg Germany Silver Figural Egyptian Sphinx Pastry Server,  Antique German Sterling Silver 800 Fish Servers Set RARE 19th Century,  German WILHELM WOLFF Silverplate CRANBERRY CUT GLASS CARAFE DECANTER Ice Insert,  800 SOLID SILVER GERMAN FRUIT TRAY NO RESERVE AUCTION 64 GRAMS MUST SEE THIS,  Vintage German WILHELM WOLFF PFORZHEIM Silverplate Long SERVING TRAY,  19 pc Beautiful Solid 800 Silver Old German S Pasch Dessert Forks,  ANTIQUE SILVERPLATE TINY CREAMER GERMAN CAFE LUDWIG WMF MADE RESTAURANT WARE,  ART DECO 835 GERMAN SILVER CIGARETTE CASE GILT TO THE INSIDE 57 grams,  Large Pierced 800 Silver German Germany Bread Basket Repousse Picnic Scene,  ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER WOOD GOURD MATE BOMBILLA INFUSION BREWING SET,  Vintage Geer Grah 2 Piece Carving Set ART DECO Silver Plate Solingen Germany,  Antique Sterling Silver Handled Stamped Grape Shears Marked Germany On Blade,  Vtg Antique German Sterling Silver Gold Washed Thimble,  Flat server leaf design Hildesheimer Rose by Gebruder Reiner German 800 silver,  18c German Continental Figural Silver Bottle Pomander Vinaigrette Perfume,  Hanau Germany 800 Silver Tea Caddy Spoon Shovel Windmill Handle Repousse,  12 pc Beautiful Solid 800 Silver Old German Stunning Carved Fish Flatware,  Antique Friedlander Large Sterling silver spoon 800 Germany,  BEAUTY Sterling Silver Chased Etched Large Gold Wash Pill Box Case GERMANY L092,  Antique Enamel On Silver Souvenir Spoon Coln Cologne Germany,  QUALITY Sterling Silver Gilt Vermeil Gold Wash Tea Strainer c1870 GERMANY L347,  Antique Ornate Silver Plate German Bone Holder Scissor Clamp Kitchen Utensil,  WMF GERMANY PIERCED ENGRAVED SILVERPLATE FORK KNIFE SPATULA SERVING SET 2PCS,  Antique German Sterling Silver Box early 19th century Possibly Dessau City Mark,  LOT OF 3 OLD SILVER PLATED CUP HOLDERS BY WMF GERMANY,  Wilkens Shne German 830s Silver YIDDISH JEWISH HEBREW 7 INCHES RARE 1951,  VINTAGE GERMAN ANTIKO 800 SILVER HILDESHEIMER ROSE PIE SERVER,  german silver mesh purse antique haute couture fashion 1920s flapper jazz age,  GERMAN 13 LOTH CONTINENTAL SILVER SET OF THREE TEASPOONS HALLMARKED 13 MAAS,  Vintage GEBRUDER HEPP SILVER GERMANY Creamer Sugar Tea Set,  A SOLID SILVER BOWL FRUIT DISH 800 Silver by OS Germany ca1900s Excel No Mono,  

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