Silver and Flatware/Sterling silver flatware
QUESTION: I was recently given a set of sterling silverware that says Manchester Sterling Silver on the knife and has a hallmark on the other pieces. There is engraving on the pieces. Does this silverware have any value? It has no sentimental value to me, it was purchased at a thrift store for $20.00.
Thanks so much for your sharing your knowledge and expertise. I look forward to hearing from you.
Is the word, "Sterling", on the backs of the other pieces? If so, the set will have a significant value. If not, it probably is made of silver plate and probably has a low value and the price you paid was in the right ballpark.
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QUESTION: Yes. The word "sterling" is on all the pieces, with the exception of the cutting part of the blade of the knife. The blade says Manchester sterling handle, stainless steel blade.
Thank you so much for getting back to me. I am not sure where I would sell it, but it is nice to know it has value.
It looks like you got a real bargain!
The next thing to do is to identify the pattern. This is a good place to start: http://sterlingflatwarefashions.com/Patterns/Manch.html
Next, search eBay for listings with this pattern that have actually sold. For search terms, just use "Manchester" and the name of the pattern. The "Advanced Search" tool allows you to check the "Sold listings" box. If you can't find sales of the pattern, use the search term, "Manchester sterling".
If you can find items of this pattern that have sold, you'll have some idea of the value. Even if you can't find a set like yours, you can use the "per piece" price as a guide.
Consider using eBay to sell your set as well.
If you can find no information, let me know.
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.
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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