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About Antique Silver
Antique silver is one of the most versatile and glamorous metals, combining both strength and intricate design to create objects that are real works of art.
Despite their opulence many antiques can be bought for affordable prices - from teapots & cutlery all the way up through a wide variety of trinkets.
How much is Antique Silver Worth?
Unfortunately, silver has been considered recyclable for centuries. This means that brilliant pieces have gone through the process of being melted down & reforged into something more fashionable.
The price of silver has changed dramatically over the years. In 1970, an ounce was valued at about £20-£25 whereas now you can get scrap for less than £2 per ounce!
Obviously the value of antique silverware can vary depending on who buys it and the desirability object at hand.
When you visit antique shops, one of the first things that may catch your eye are silver cutlery, such as old silver spoons. These items were made in huge quantities during Victoria's reign as queen - when her country experienced an economic boom due largely to mass production techniques which allowed for cheaper prices on quality goods.
Nobody can predict for certain, the future of silver antiques in terms of what will thrive and what will not. However many experts insist that antique silver are pieces to invest in.
How to identify antique silverware
There are a number of things to look for when purchasing antique silver. The most common is hallmarks, but they can easily be forged, so be careful if you are not dealing with verified dealers, like we have here at Eat Sleep Antiques.
Take note if your item has any wear or damage as this will give you an idea about whether its real! If it is rubbed or worn, it can be a great indicator as to whether the product is the real deal.
When buying silver for sale, it's important to understand the difference between silver and silver plate.
Plate often has a thinner coating that makes its appearance look like real metal; however this lower-cost option was developed after 1720 when Britannia standard became optional.