Ash Trays – Sterling Silver

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Apply the following tips to assist your antique sterling silver collecting aspirations.

1. Go with a sterling silver: Style, Historical Era or Maker.

Consider your chosen lifestyle and your special preferences, then make choices that are a good fit. Do you envisage using your antique silver flatware often, or instead use pieces from your set for remarkable occasions and holiday celebrations?

There are various specialized aspects of antique silver flatware collecting. Some collectors direct their attention a special design pattern, while others acquire a certain craftsman or historical era.

Some antique sterling silverware collectors zero in on a special style of antique silver flatware, such as: flasks or bowels or ashtrays, while others have more eclectic passions and broaden into regional silver flatware, such as French or German, or pieces from specific craftsman, such as: Holmes & Edwards or Reed & Barton

2. Mix-n-Match

Be adventurous with collecting an assortment of silverware design patterns.

This collecting technique adds wonderful aesthetic elegance to a table setting. This is a wonderful choice particularly with difficult-to-find, or rare silver flatware patterns. And is often a must for assembling a set sizable enough for entertaining your family, friends or guests.

3. Wear or Damage

Signs of use do not consequently reduce the worth of antique silver flatware or silver plate flatware, while signs of damage may or may not. For example, small damage or flaws on a rare flatware piece will not significantly decrease its value. The price of a tarnished collectible is lower than retail, of course. Be cautious of buying tarnished silver flatware via the internet. Pictures can be deceptive and disguise apparent wear, flaws or repair. Buying tarnished pieces at estate sales and flea markets may be an an alternative, but examining them closely for problems remains a fundamental skill for your collecting hobby or business.

4. Monograms

Quite a few collectors view ancient, complex monograms as a lost art form and historically relevant. It does not detract from the desirability or value of a silver flatware collectible when a monogram is present. Most pieces are, however, have more market worth without a monogram. As you become more familiar with antique silver and sterling silver flatware, you will develop skills to detect if the monogram has been removed. Monogram removal can damage a piece of antique silver and drastically reduce its selling price.

5. Authenticity

Various collectors frown upon antique silverware pieces that have been restored, such as those with replacement knife blades. Silverplated knife blades are often found with wear. They can easily be replaced on hollow handle knives, A few collectors prefer to have them refitted with stainless steel blades. However, stainless steel was not introduced in flatware manufacturing until the early 1920s. This is one of those sides of collecting that can be a matter of personal inclination, but you do need to be careful that your antique silver flatware may diminish in value if you modify the knife blades.

6. Repair

A silversmith ought be sourced for any repairs required for damaged pieces. A silversmith is also skilled for replating silver flatware pieces. It can be an expensive project for common pieces, but it is fully fully worthwhile to Place your treasured collectible in the hands of a professional silversmith.

7. Modified Pieces

Be informed that these exist and develop skills to determine if a piece is modified from its authentic state. Common flatware pieces are sometimes restored to make them appear to be more rare and valuable pieces. For example, you may find spoons that at some point in time were cut to look like ice cream forks or a sugar spoon has been pierced to resemble a sugar sifter. As your knowledge expands, look for signs of modification and avoid buying those modified pieces.

8. Forgeries

New fake pieces in popular and rare pattern designs can be found for sale on a regular basis on the Internet. Examples include:, salt spoons and scarce pieces such as asparagus servers. Plenty of these types of silver flatware have no craftsman's stamps. Moreover, forged maker's marks in silver have existed centuries. The age of an antique silverware piece does not really 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.

Ashtrays - recently found sterling collectibles.

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