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I am hoping you can help me identify and tell me if I have anything of value. A lot of patents inscribed, sterling, lettering, etc. bought on Cape Cod at a yard sale from their grandparents estate. At least that's what I got out of it.

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Hello.

The first thing to do will be to determine if you have any pieces made of sterling. For pieces made in the U.S., you should see the word, "Sterling", on the back. See the article in the list below that discusses sterling vs silver plate. For knives, it may be hard to tell. Sometimes you can find the word on the blade and sometimes it's in tiny letters on the handle. Sterling pieces will have the most value because of the silver content (92.5% silver). Only the outer shell of sterling knife handles are actually sterling. The blades probably are made of stainless steel.

Next will come identification, starting with the name of the manufacturer. Some are easy to find but many are not. Try www.925-1000.com for assistance. Once you know who made a piece, pattern identification comes next. This site is good: http://sterlingflatwarefashions.com/Msc/SterlSP.html . It might also help with manufacturer identification.

If you want to sell, you'll probably get the best price on eBay. I'd do some research there to see what you pattern has sold for recently.

I can't tell right off what patterns you have. A few resemble Gorham Fairfax or Etruscan. Look at their pictures on the sites I mentioned to verify.

Pieces that are not sterling are really not worth spending a lot of time on. When you are looking through eBay, take a look at recent sales of silver plate flatware.

Best wishes,

Jim

How you can help me - I get asked often by questioners regarding how they can help me. There are two easy ways.
(1.)   Visit my web site, http://www.SilverChatter.com , and check out some of the ads at the top and right side of that page.
(2.)   Read some of the articles in the list below.



FREQUENTLY ACCESSED REFERENCE INFORMATION:

OTHER WEB INFORMATION SOURCES WRITTEN BY ME
-- My blog: http://www.SilverChatter.com     
-- Examiner.com articles: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer
-- My booklet, “Selling Your Silver”:  http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver

IDENTIFYING WHAT YOU HAVE
-- Sterling vs. silver plate: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/sterling-vs-silver-plate
-- Locating your silver pattern:  http://www.examiner.com/article/identify-your-sterling-or-silver-plate-flatware-
Marks found on bottom/back of silver pieces: http://www.examiner.com/x-26031-Sterling-Silver-Examiner~y2010m1d13-Where-can-I-
-- Code letters on silver plate pieces: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/what-does-this-mean-on-my-fl
-- The “Rogers” silver companies: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/rogers-the-silver-industry

VALUE OF STERLING AND SILVER PLATE PIECES
-- Calculating the value of your sterling flatware: http://www.examiner.com/x-26031-Sterling-Silver-Examiner~y2010m4d21-Cheap-approa
-- Calculating the scrap value of sterling flatware: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/calculating-the-scrap-value-
-- Value of sterling pieces:  http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/what-s-my-sterling-silver-fl
-- Value of silver plate flatware: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/what-s-my-silver-plate-flatw
-- Value of gold plated flatware: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/what-s-the-value-of-my-gold-
- Silver content in knives: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/how-much-silver-is-a-hollow-

SELLING YOUR SILVER
-- Things to consider when selling your sterling: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/things-to-consider-when-sell
-- Selling sterling silver for scrap: http://www.examiner.com/x-26031-Sterling-Silver-Examiner~y2010m1d11-What-is-the-
-- What to do with plated silver: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/what-to-do-with-plated-silve  
-- Selling used silver plate flatware: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/selling-used-silver-plate-or
-- Tips on getting the best price when selling silver plate flatware:   http://www.examiner.com/article/selling-silver-plate-flatware-for-the-best-price
-- Ads from businesses near you who BUY SILVER: http://www.silver-buying.com/      

eBay
-- Buying sterling silver flatware on eBay: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-26031-Sterling-Silver-Examiner~y2010m5d26-Buy
-- Locating sales on eBay: http://www.examiner.com/x-26031-Sterling-Silver-Examiner~y2009m12d30-How-do-I-lo

CARE AND CLEANING
-- Care of silver: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/how-should-i-clean-and-polis




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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

Education/Credentials
BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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