Antique Silver, Silver-Plated Items, And Their Value
Some people are lucky enough to inherit the full families set of antique silver. Others, however, may have found it at a yard sale. For this reason, you might need to know the basics of antique silver. Especially if you are looking to sell your antique silver treasures. It is important to understand the value of the silver content in it.
One of the most important things to know about antique silver treasures is they all have value. However, there are a few details in which you need to know before selling them. First off get some silver cleaner or even try a hack for cleaning silver at home. The reason for cleaning your silver is, so the stamp on the back of your treasures is more visible to the human eye.
Antique Silver Can Come In Many Forms
When sorting your silver, you need to know there are two types of silver. The values of the silver differ enormously. Items with a silver plating is of lesser value because of the process to create it. Silver-plated items are made first by normal metals with no real value then are coated with silver, so it looks more expensive.
Typically dishes with silver plating, platters, candle holders, knives, spoons, etc. will be will have a plating mark. Something to keep an eye out when you are sorting your is to look for marks such as PLT, plated, and silver plate. Also, it could say PLT SIL and in some cases, there may not be any marking. If there is no marking on your silver, you can take it into your local Gold & Silver Exchange for tests.
When it comes to sterling silver items, they will most likely have a stamp on them. The stamp will say either .925 or SS. It may even say Silver, Sterling Silver, or 925/100. Antique silver is made up of almost entirely silver, but around .075 is copper so it will hold its shape and not bend easily.