Silver and Flatware/Advice on what to do with these?
I have some spoons that belonged to my parents that were found after they passed. I don't know what I should do with this flatware. Is it worth investigating or do I just have old spoons and forks? Further, if I ought to take them in to be appraised, what steps do I need to take to make sure I get a valid appraisal.
The image is the full set of mis-matched flatware that was found but I can provide other pictures if necessary.
Thank you very much!
The first thing to do is to determine which pieces are made of sterling. Look on the back for the word, "Sterling". Some pieces might have "925" instead. This stands for 92.5% silver which is what sterling is.
Any sterling pieces will have some value simply because of their silver content. If a piece is not made of sterling, it's highly likely it's made of silver plate. Generally, silver plate pieces have a low value, maybe a dollar each. Some have higher values if there is a reason such as a highly collectible souvenir spoon.
It's difficult to place a value range on a piece without knowing the manufacturer and pattern. Many times, the words or symbols on the back will identify the manufacturer but generally not the pattern.
In the list of articles below, you may find a few of interest. I wouldn't pay an appraiser until you have a better idea of which pieces are made of sterling. If you can identify manufacturer and pattern for a piece, look for actual sales on eBay of pieces like yours. You'll have a better idea of value after that.
Hope this helps you get started.
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(2.) Read some of the articles in the list below.
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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/
-- 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
Selling Your Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price