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5 Antique Hallmarked German Dutch Silver Cast Apostle Figural Spoons Set Lot
5 Antique Hallmarked German Dutch Silver Cast Apostle Figural Spoons Set Lot
$155.00
Vintage German HEPP PFORZHEIM 18 INTERLINE 8 Silver Plated Sugar Bowl
Vintage German HEPP PFORZHEIM 18 INTERLINE 8 Silver Plated Sugar Bowl
$9.99
A CONTINENTAL SILVERPLATE SILVER PLATED SPOON SUGAR SCOOP by WMF Germany ca1900s
A CONTINENTAL SILVERPLATE SILVER PLATED SPOON SUGAR SCOOP by WMF Germany ca1900s
$95.00
VINTAGE STERLING SILVER GRAPES HANDLES GRAPE STEEL SHEARS Made in GERMANY
VINTAGE STERLING SILVER GRAPES HANDLES GRAPE STEEL SHEARS Made in GERMANY
$125.00
Beautiful 19C Pair of German Silver Repousse Casters Shakers Huge
Beautiful 19C Pair of German Silver Repousse Casters Shakers Huge
$999.00
Decorative Antique 800 German Silver Ball Footed Basket Wilhelm Binder 1890 1910
Decorative Antique 800 German Silver Ball Footed Basket Wilhelm Binder 1890 1910
$174.30
Sterling silver vase 800 set of 2 gold wash german hallmark
Sterling silver vase 800 set of 2 gold wash german hallmark
$999.99
WMF 40 German Silverplate Flatware Serving set 5 forks
WMF 40 German Silverplate Flatware Serving set 5 forks
$25.00
Old 800 Sterling Silver Enamel Souvenir Spoon DOM Cathedral Koln Germany
Old 800 Sterling Silver Enamel Souvenir Spoon DOM Cathedral Koln Germany
$35.00
Vintage Krusius Brothers Germany Sterling Silver Handle Dinner Butter Knife
Vintage Krusius Brothers Germany Sterling Silver Handle Dinner Butter Knife
$24.95
Antique sterling silver marriage cup Ludwig Neresheimer Hanau Germany 19th
Antique sterling silver marriage cup Ludwig Neresheimer Hanau Germany 19th
$375.00
Antique 800 Silver Germany Sugar Tongs
Antique 800 Silver Germany Sugar Tongs
$65.00
German Art Deco Silver Cigarette Case Circa 1932
German Art Deco Silver Cigarette Case Circa 1932
$109.00
VINTAGE DINNER KNIVES SET 12 STAINLESS  SILVERPATE GERMAN SILVER MELCHIOR USSR
VINTAGE DINNER KNIVES SET 12 STAINLESS SILVERPATE GERMAN SILVER MELCHIOR USSR
$94.00
LOT OF 6 GORGEOUS VINTAGE SILVER 800 GLASS HOLDERS GERMANY 649 gram
LOT OF 6 GORGEOUS VINTAGE SILVER 800 GLASS HOLDERS GERMANY 649 gram
$399.00
15 German Solid Silver Neo classic Serving Spoon Bright cut c1810 M or W Mono
15 German Solid Silver Neo classic Serving Spoon Bright cut c1810 M or W Mono
$499.99
Vtg United Nations Sterling Silver 925 Enamel RFU Germany Souvenir Spoon MIP
Vtg United Nations Sterling Silver 925 Enamel RFU Germany Souvenir Spoon MIP
$19.49
ATLANTIC CITY N JERSEY STERLING 925 REU GERMANY SOUVENIR SUGAR SPOON FW 122
ATLANTIC CITY N JERSEY STERLING 925 REU GERMANY SOUVENIR SUGAR SPOON FW 122
$15.99
Silver Overlay and Silver Cup German Veyhl Zweibrcken Porcelain Salt
Silver Overlay and Silver Cup German Veyhl Zweibrcken Porcelain Salt
$74.27
Vintage Continental 800 Silver Posen German Vase Blown Out Incredible
Vintage Continental 800 Silver Posen German Vase Blown Out Incredible
$1,799.44
A CONTINENTAL SOLID SILVER CUP KIDDUSH CUP BEAKER KIDDISH CUP Germany ca1930s
A CONTINENTAL SOLID SILVER CUP KIDDUSH CUP BEAKER KIDDISH CUP Germany ca1930s
$135.00

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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.

RARE OTTO WOLTER 4Pc CASED GERMAN STERLING SILVER FOOTED TEA COFFEE SET,  835 Silver Souvenir Spoon German Eagle Deutschland 97g 4 1 4,  German 800 Silver Fitted Tray Sandwich Cut Glass Covered Dish 19th Century,  ANTIQUE GERMAN 800 SILVER 3 FOOTED BOWL BY KH 1725 grams RAISED FLOWERS,  Antique German solid silver Baroque style napkin ring,  German Antique Cookies Fruits Metal Silver Plated Tray Germany 20s,  Vintage German Repouss Stamped 800 Silver Cigarette Box with Gilt Interior,  Rare Art Deco German Silver Plated Teapot Berliner Elektro Plated Waren Fabrik,  German art deco solid silver cigarette case tube marked Sigma 800,  TWO ANTIQUE GERMAN ART DECO SILVER TEA SPOON SET 800 GRADE HALLMARKED,  Vintage German 800 Silver Enamel BREMERHAVEN Souvenir Spoon Hallmarked CW,  PAIR ANTIQUE GERMAN ART NOUVEAU WMF SILVER PLATED SMALL CUP CUPS signed,  Fabulous Set of 6 German Silver Tea Spoons,  Museum Quality Vintage Antique 1870s STERLING SILVER Decanter Hanau Germany,  SALAD SERVERS STERLING SILVER 800 STANDARD GERMAN ART DECO CIRCA 1930 MARKED,  GERMAN VASE STERLING SILVER CAST HANDLES 1880 CHASED ACANTHUS LEAVES VINTAGE,  German Silver Modal Of A Grape Picker C1890,  ANTIQUE MID 19th CENTURY GERMAN BERLIN STERLING SILVER SOUP LADLE 152 grams,  2 GERMAN 830 SILVER CANDLE HOLDERS 156 GRAMS,  ANTIQUE GERMAN HANAU SILVER FIGURE OF A KNIGHT,  Fabulous Hanau Silver Cachepots Rams Heads Repousse Cobalt Glass Lined German,  GERMAN COASTER MADE WITH COINS STERLING SILVER 800 STANDARD CIRCA 1880 MARKED,  Sterling Silver German Punch Ladle Handarbeit Roses 200G,  Vintage Sterling Silver Large Serving Spoon 925 English Or German Hallmarks,  German Or English Sterling Silver Engraved Fish Spoon Ladle Server,  Vintage 800 Silver Miniature Spoon Made in Germany 62 grams 14 C8615,  ANTIQUE GERMAN COW HORN CAKE PIE DESERT SERVER with SILVER 835 HANDLE,  Antique 19th century German Silver gilt tobacco or card case PERPETUAL CALENDAR,  Sterling Silver Floral Handled Scissors Germany,  Vintage German Silverplate Hinged Lid Box VV or W Token of Appreciation 1962,  Beautiful 19C Antique German Silver Gilt Louis XVI Style Chased Coffee Set,  TEA POT STERLING SILVER DRAGON SPOUT CRESTED GERMAN CIRCA 1880 FULLY MARKED,  Vintage Plateria Taxco Saltillo Coah Mexico German Silver Creamer Cup Mug 229g,  ANTIQUE METTMANN GERMANY ROSTFREI WILHELM SEIBEL SILVERPLATE FLATWARE CLOVER A,  ANTIQUE METTMANN GERMANY ROSTFREI WILHELM SEIBEL SILVERPLATE FLATWARE CLOVER A,  8pc German 800 Silver Enamel Shot Glasses c1930 Hand Painted Egyptian Scenes,  1918 Germany 1 2 Mark Very Nice Silver Coin LOOK CB 7,  800 Silver Heilbronn Germany Souvenir Spoon 75 grams 2 E2662,  800 Silver Munchen Germany Souvenir Spoon 114 grams 2 E2659,  800 Silver Heidelberg Germany Souvenir Spoon 205 grams 2 E2658,  Fine Silver Rathaus Hamburg Germany Souvenir Spoon 166 grams 2 E2660,  Justitz German 800 Silver Footed Dish c1920 5625 Hand Hammered Ball Feet,  VICTORIAN GERMAN STERLING SILVER VANITY SET DRESSER TABLE BRUSH FLORAL ORNATE,  CONTEMPO GERMANY PASTRY SERVER STERLING 2244,  Antique German 800 Silver Goldwash Craving Knife Fork Set,  FROM ISRAEL PALESTINE Old Tiny Beer Mug Heidelberg Germany Silver 0800,  Deutscher DDG Verb Stab German Christmas Eve 1965 Washington DC Sterling Silver,  OLD GERMAN 800 SILVER TRINKET BOX WITH RAISED FRUIT 688 grams,  2pc German 800 Silver Open Sugar Bowl Creamer Pitcher c1920 Hand Hammered,  Antique German Silver 835 And Silver 800,  

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