That extra silver you have laying around the house is valuable, and selling it is an easy way to free up some space while getting instant cash. Before you decide to sell your silver, you should know what is worth selling and what to expect when you take it to the antique buyers. Read on to learn about some of the most popular types of antique silver to sell.
3 Types of Silver
You know you have sterling silver flatware if it has the word “sterling,” “ster,” or “925” on the back of each piece. Most knives only have silver in the handles, and the blades are stainless steel to cut. Typically, you can sell your silver antiques with an ornate pattern on the handle for more than simple sets.
2. Specialty Ware
Specialty ware is rarer than cutlery and plates, so it may be worth more. This could include something such as a carving fork and knife set, cocktail forks, barware, teapots and more. If you sell your silver specialty items with a matching pattern in a set, this will usually increase their value.
Plates are either sterling silver or have silver plating. Plating, or electroplating, is done when plates of a different metal have a layer of silver attached to them. If your dishes are plated, it will be either unmarked or indicated with an engraving of “silver-plate,” “plated,” “EP,” or “EPNS.” You cannot sell your silver if it is plated; your tableware will only be worthwhile to antique shops if it is sterling silver.
When you’re ready to sell your silver, take it to Mike Deming Antiques in Rochester, NY. They have more than 35 years of experience and can educate you on your silverware, so you can know you’re getting top dollar for your antiques. If you cannot visit the Rochester shop, Mike can make house calls to purchase your silver. Learn more about them on their website and call (585) 244-1999 to discuss your precious metals.