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WMF GERMANY ENGRAVED SILVER FORK
WMF GERMANY ENGRAVED SILVER FORK
$18.00
Vintage Wmf Wmf 37 germany 90 Silverplate Seven Piece Place Setting Set
Vintage Wmf Wmf 37 germany 90 Silverplate Seven Piece Place Setting Set
$15.00
ANTIQUE German Silver Plate Salad Serving Fork WMF 40
ANTIQUE German Silver Plate Salad Serving Fork WMF 40
$0.99
59 EUGEN FERNER GERMAN SILVER PAIR SERVING WAITER COCKTAIL TRAYS + LINERS 16
59 EUGEN FERNER GERMAN SILVER PAIR SERVING WAITER COCKTAIL TRAYS + LINERS 16
$249.99
TWO Unusual Duck 835 German Silver  Crystal Albert Bodemer Salt Cellars
TWO Unusual Duck 835 German Silver Crystal Albert Bodemer Salt Cellars
$138.00
VINTAGE FLORAL ORNATE STERLING SILVER HANDLE SIGNED NAIL FILE ACCESSORY GERMANY
VINTAGE FLORAL ORNATE STERLING SILVER HANDLE SIGNED NAIL FILE ACCESSORY GERMANY
$48.99
German Art Deco Silver Cigarette Case Circa 1932
German Art Deco Silver Cigarette Case Circa 1932
$109.00
Vintage Sterling Souvenir Spoon and Cocktail Fork from Ammersee Germany
Vintage Sterling Souvenir Spoon and Cocktail Fork from Ammersee Germany
$19.99
DRESDEN SILVER BEAKER Dated 1830 Antique German States
DRESDEN SILVER BEAKER Dated 1830 Antique German States
$98.37
Vintage 3 Piece Ornate Flora and Fauna German Style Silverplate Coffee Tea Set
Vintage 3 Piece Ornate Flora and Fauna German Style Silverplate Coffee Tea Set
$79.95
Silver Ladle WWF Cromargan Germany F Engraved On Handle Beautiful
Silver Ladle WWF Cromargan Germany F Engraved On Handle Beautiful
$39.99
A LOT OF FOUR SILVER TEA SPOONS ANTIQUE VINTAGE GERMANY HALLMARKED
A LOT OF FOUR SILVER TEA SPOONS ANTIQUE VINTAGE GERMANY HALLMARKED
$60.00
AN ANTIQUE VINTAGE SILVER 800 LOT OF FOUR GERMAN HALLMARKED GROOMING SET
AN ANTIQUE VINTAGE SILVER 800 LOT OF FOUR GERMAN HALLMARKED GROOMING SET
$140.00
Antique 835 GERMAN Silver Coin Dish W 1866 SAXONY JOHN Silver 1 THALER COIN
Antique 835 GERMAN Silver Coin Dish W 1866 SAXONY JOHN Silver 1 THALER COIN
$77.00
Antique 835 GERMAN Silver Coin Dish W 1792 16 Gute Grosch Brunswick Wolfenbutte
Antique 835 GERMAN Silver Coin Dish W 1792 16 Gute Grosch Brunswick Wolfenbutte
$77.00
AN OLD SOLID 404 gr 29 cm LONG SILVER 800 STAMPED  GERMAN HALLMARKED TRAY
AN OLD SOLID 404 gr 29 cm LONG SILVER 800 STAMPED GERMAN HALLMARKED TRAY
$735.00
AN ANTIQUE VINTAGE SMALL SOLID SILVER GERMAN HALLMARKED ROUND BOWL
AN ANTIQUE VINTAGE SMALL SOLID SILVER GERMAN HALLMARKED ROUND BOWL
$130.00
ART NOUVEAU GERMAN 602 GRAMS ALL SOLID SILVER SET OF 4 FORKS 4 KNIVES
ART NOUVEAU GERMAN 602 GRAMS ALL SOLID SILVER SET OF 4 FORKS 4 KNIVES
$990.00
A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL LOT OF 4 ANTIQUE GERMAN CRYSTAL GLASS  SILVER GOBLETS CUPS
A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL LOT OF 4 ANTIQUE GERMAN CRYSTAL GLASS SILVER GOBLETS CUPS
$230.00
OLD SEA SHELL SHAPED GERMAN HALLMARKED 24 GRAMS SOLID SILVER SPOON
OLD SEA SHELL SHAPED GERMAN HALLMARKED 24 GRAMS SOLID SILVER SPOON
$35.00
ANTIQUE GERMANY 52 GRAMS ALL SILVER BLADES ALSO HIGHLY DECORATED KNIVES
ANTIQUE GERMANY 52 GRAMS ALL SILVER BLADES ALSO HIGHLY DECORATED KNIVES
$90.00

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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.

ANTIQUE SILVERPLATE TINY CREAMER GERMAN CAFE LUDWIG WMF MADE RESTAURANT WARE,  ART DECO 835 GERMAN SILVER CIGARETTE CASE GILT TO THE INSIDE 57 grams,  WMF IKORA GERMANY SILVER PLATE CHARGER CANDY DISH BOWL STICKER NUMBERED VINTAGE,  ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER WOOD GOURD MATE BOMBILLA INFUSION BREWING SET,  Vtg Antique German Sterling Silver Gold Washed Thimble,  German made silver sterling serving ladle WMF Cromargan,  3 PIECE GERMAN SILVER CUTLERY SET CROWN CUTLERY SHEFFIELD ENGLAND LEATHER BAG,  Antique 800 German silver teaspoon set of 12,  Supreme Cutlery Corp Solingen Germany Silver Over Lay Knives,  12 MATCHING 1950S GERMAN 800 SILVER DEMITASSE WEIGHS 300 T O,  Antique German Sterling Snuff Box Angels Repousse 89 Grams,  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,  Entree Server Germany Brite Cut Engraved Flowers Sterling Silver,  20th c german 800 silver 12 demi tasse spoons LXV style 95gr,  SPAHR 1814 Germany Art Nouveau Silver 1000 1000 Porcelain Lined Tea Coffee Pot,  Wilkens Sohne Deco Candelabras 830S German Silver 7798 Candlestick Holders,  SILVER PILL BOX SNUFFBOX Baroque 800 Silver by DVollgold Son Germany 1900s,  3 Antique 800 Silver Serving Spoons German Marks Very Nice 1555 Grams,  Antique 800 Silver Serving Spoon German Marks Very Nice 618 Grams,  1789 GERMAN STATES Thaler silver coin,  the 1831 German Silver mark coin,  german 800 silver butter knife flower design maker unknown,  german butter knife 833 silver monogrammed g,  6 pie forks 800 german silver handled old pre 1920s year unknown lot 1,  german pie server 800 silver handle doesnt match lot 1 lot 2,  ANTIQUE ART DECO GERMANY GERMAN WILHELM BINDER STERLING SILVER CUT GLASS VASE,  SOLID SILVER STAINLESS STEEL SET OF 4 GERMAN TABLE KNIVES SUPERB CONDITION,  18TH CENTURY BOX ROUND STERLING SILVER NORTH EUROPEAN 1860 GERMAN,  Antique German Circa Post 1886 Hallmarked Sterling Cup Rings Haviland Cups4 Pc,  Antique HANAU Silver Figural Spoon J D Schleissner Sohne Germany,  GERMAN ARTS CRAFTS 835 SILVER PAIR OF CANDLESTICKS BY WILHELM SCHULZE BREMER,  Antique German Wooden Walking Stick Marked 800 Silver Handle w Emblem L 84 cm,  German Silver Box In The Shape Of A Violin Double Bass Cello,  ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER BUCKET PAIL PIN CUSHION WITH CHERUB SCENES,  ANTIQUE 20thC GERMAN WMF SILVER PLATED CANNON BOTTLE HOLDER c1910,  Antique Sterling 19th UK silver cake pie server 81 gram Germany amazing m150,  Vintage Solid Silver set of 6 Miniture Salt Shakers post WW2 possibly German,  Vintage WMF Silver Plated Jug Art Deco German Creamer Milk Cream Vtg,  1800S GERMAN STERLING DS13 SILVER HAND WROUGHT CREAM PITCHER,  Buffet Forks 2 German VSF 90 Vintage Silverplate Two Prong Serving Forks,  GERMAN SILVER NUMBERS PLACE NUMBERS 1 12 DRINK MARKERS ART DECO RED SQUARE BOX,  SALT SPOONS STERLING SILVER MINIATURE EUROPEAN 1890 ANTIQUE GERMAN,  RARE ARTS AND CRAFTS GERMAN 835 SOLID SILVER TEA CADDY SPOON c1960 MODERNIST,  Vintage Unique Design Mid Century Modern Silverplate Creamer Sugar WMF Germany,  Serving Tablespoons 6 Vintage Bremen Germany Koch Bergfeld 90 Silverplate,  Malta Germany Tourist Solid Silver Sterling Spoon Antique collectible 1950 circa,  Antique Dessert Spoon Late 18th Century Germany Continental Silver,  1920s ANTIQUE GERMAN SILVER SOUVENIR MANDOLIN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT w STAND,  

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