Silverware has long been a valued form of decorative arts. This category deals with value silver, plated silver and all silver vertu that range from Antique to Modern and Post-War silver bowls and trays, boxes and a wide variety of elegant collectibles from around the globe including English, French, Dutch, Danish and German silver.
Maybe you have a modern design by Georg Jensen that you would like to get valued? Or a silver trinket owned by nobility back in the 17th century. Whether it is Baroque or Rococo, candlesticks or a coffee set, only one spoon or a whole dining set, snuff boxes or cigarette cases, trays or candelabras, all silver items need to be valued by a specialized expert in order to determine an accurate market price.
Despite the vagaries of fashion, the value of antique silver pieces or objects have endured over the years. In fact, antique silver pieces are among the most valued items by antique collectors.
Depending on the type of antique object in one’s possession, it can command moderate to high value.
Since the earliest history of silversmith works, silver has been combined with other types of metals to make it durable and more resilient to work with. This was a practice made common in the 14th century; hence, all silver objects manufactured after the 1300s underwent testing to determine the actual amount of silver present in each object. A marking system was developed to provide antique collectors with a guideline as to the value and quality of the silver piece they own.
The high level of demand for silver has also resulted in many counterfeit silver items circulating the market. Therefore, it is important to educate one’s self about how to ‘read’ these marks or how to authenticate silver pieces. There are different factors that affect the value of each silver object. In general, though, rare silver pieces in good condition will have excellent value.
If you have some silver objects that need an appraisal, you can browse this section to learn about silver cutlery, teapot, boxes, German silver, and Sterling silver. Each section will offer an in-depth discussion about how you can determine the value for each of these items.
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Answer a few simple questions and upload images of your item.
Receive a specialist's valuation by email in 24 to 48 hours.
Get help with the next steps, including consignment and sale.
Mearto offers two opportunities to sell your silver based on its current fair market value:
Customers with silver expected to sell for $5,000 or more can take advantage of our complimentary Consignment Concierge service. We will contact leading auction houses on your behalf, collect offers and help you negotiate the terms of a consignment agreement. There is no additional fee or commission for this service.
For customers with silver valued between $50 and $5,000, Mearto offers an exclusive Marketplace, which is accessed by a number of art, antiques and collectibles dealers around the world. If there is interest in your item, you will be contacted directly with offers through our platform. In the event of a successful sale, Mearto takes a 7% transaction fee.
To learn more about options for selling your silver through Mearto, please click here.
Lindsey Bourret is the Managing Director at Mearto. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the business, she also enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of the fine art and antiques market with our customers through our website, blog, e-newsletter and social media accounts.