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In today's economic trend it is smart to get the most you can for your purchasing power. With the wide amount of competition, both online and offline, there is little reason to pay full retail price for beautiful French antique silver and sterling silver flatware collectibles.

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International DREXEL SILVERPLATE French Hollow Knife 1952876

$4.99


19 PC ESTATE LOT CHRISTOFLE FRANCE ARIA PATTERN SILVER PLATE FLATWARE SERVING

$499.99


Old French by Gorham Sterling Silver Letter Opener Custom Made

$75.00


ANTIQUE FRENCH STERLING SILVER NAPKING RINGLATE 19th OR EARLY 20th CENTURY

$49.00


antique french sterling silver handle 6 dessert cheese knives Louis XVI st

$165.00


FRENCH 950 MINERVE STERLING OVAL 13 SERVING BOWL BOIN TABURET COAT ARMS 1072 GR

$740.00


Rare antique french 800 silver 6 souvenir spoons Napoleon Bonaparte

$360.00


early 20th c large french sterling silver openwork oval basket empire st 596g

$650.00


French silverplate pastry oyster forks 5 60s design Christofle orly pattern

$110.00


Early 19th c french 950 sterling silver coffee pot 1819 1838 Vieillard Empire st

$780.00


Rare antique french 800 silver souvenir spoon Napoleon Bonaparte

$60.00


late 19th c french sterling silver wine tasting cup gadroons 177gr

$325.00


1900 french sterling silver rotatable footed fruit bowl gadroons Bardies 359g

$325.00


1900 french sterling silver 950 strawberry server art nouveau bird

$140.00


early 20th c french sterling 950 silver 2 tea cups flower form 439g Debain

$520.00


French silverplate serving spoon 60s design Christofle orly pattern

$60.00


early 20th c french sterling silver bottle coaster gadroons Falkenberg 179g

$200.00


early 20th c french sterling silver 2 napkin rings rococo st 41g

$80.00


Gorgeous 1900 french sterling silver covered vegetable dish rococo st Odiot

$2,300.00


Vintage french silverplate Christofle Gallia Tresse Woven Wine basket caddy

$76.00


antique french sterling silver 950 baby plate porridge fluting FRANCOISE

$130.00

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Practice the following tips to assist your antique silver flatware collecting objectives.

1. Consider a silver flatware: Style, Historical Period or Craftsman.

Picture your lifestyle and individual tastes, then make decisions that are a good fit. Do you expect to use your antique silver flatware every day, or instead use pieces from your collection for specific occasions and holiday celebrations?

Antique silver flatware is a very broad collectible category rich in a great many specialty areas. Some collectors focus on a certain design pattern, while others acquire a particular craftsman or historical period.

Some antique sterling silverware collectors center their attention on a single genre of antique silver flatware, such as: ash trays or baskets, while others have more eclectic interests and broaden into regional silver flatware, such as Asian or French, or pieces from specific craftsman, such as: Reed & Barton.

2. Mix-n-Match

Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns.

This collecting tactic provides awesome aesthetic elegance to a table setting. This is a delightful option especially with difficult-to-find, or discontinued silver flatware patterns. And will help for assembling a set large enough for entertaining your family, friends or guests.

3. Wear or Damage

A history of overuse does not automatically diminish the value of antique silver flatware or silver plate flatware, while signs of damage may or may not. For example, small damage or blemishes on a rare flatware piece will not significantly lower its value. The price of a tarnished piece should be significantly lower than retail, of course. Be careful of buying tarnished silver flatware through the internet. Pictures can be fake and hide apparent wear, flaws or repair. Investing in tarnished pieces at estate sales and flea markets may be an affordable option, but checking them closely for wear remains a key skill for your collecting hobby or business.

4. Monograms

A lot of collectors view aged, detailed monograms as a lost form of art and historically notable. It does not detract from the desirability or merit of a silver flatware collectible when a monogram is displayed. Most pieces are, however, even more valuable without a monogram. As you become more familiar with antique silver and sterling silver flatware, you will develop skills to recognize monogram removal. Monogram erasing can damage a piece of antique silver and dramatically diminish its worth.

5. Authenticity

Certain collectors downgrade 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 repaired on hollow handle knives, A number of collectors desire to have them replaced with stainless steel blades. But, stainless steel was not introduced in flatware manufacturing until the early 1920s. This is one of those factors of collecting that can be a matter of personal taste, but you do need to be aware that your antique silver flatware may decline in value if you replace the knife blades.

6. Repairs

A silversmith ought be sourced for any repairs required for damaged pieces. A silversmith is also skilled for replating silver flatware pieces. The cost can be expensive for more common items, but it is certainly worthwhile to restore rare antique silver flatware pieces. cut to look like ice cream forks or a sugar spoon has been altered to resemble a sugar sifter. As your knowledge expands, look for signs of modification and avoid investing in those modified pieces.

8. Forgeries

New fake pieces in in demand and rare patterns can be found for sale often online. Examples include:, salt spoons and rare pieces such as assorted knives, forks and spoons. Many of these items have no manufacture's stamps. Moreover, forged maker's markings in silver have appeared centuries. The age of an antique silverware piece does not really indicate it's authenticity. So learn as much as you can prior to investing in expensive antique silver flatware.

Silver and Sterling Flatware - French origins: - recently sold silver flatware.

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