Discussion in 'Bullion Investing' started by Brian Ochaba, Nov 26, 2020.
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Is Sterling Silver Valuable? 3 Things You Should Know About Sterling Silver (personalincome.org)
I'd call it speculation, not investing.
I collect silver boxes, ranging from .800 to .975 (sterling is .925 silver) especially Cartier, Tiffany and the Meriden/Wallingford, Connecticut makers (International Silver) from antique to midcentury - 1950s. I like them better than bullion because of the unique nature of the pieces and the pound has been weak so some nice deals on British silver lately.
These are all Sterling silver from my collection and the item itself is worth more than the silver in them.
A silver spoon
Another silver spoon
A food pusher
Another sugar ting
A baby teething ring
High quality beautifully crafted items, thanks for sharing.
If you want silver, you may want to do yourself a favor and collect junk silver or .999, that's the best!
That's $32.50 an ounce and Sterling is not .999 so it's really more.
The Franklin Mint has been overpriced and overrated for decades. Most of their stuff only brings pennies on the dollar.
Hi. May I ask you something regarding silver boxes? I once saw some vintage boxes (not trinket size but perhaps "cigar box" size) with very ornate carvings. The manufacturer is (I believe) German. However, I'm not absolute sure, but they're European for sure. I recall that the manufacturer's name was stamped onto the bottom of the boxes. Can you help me with some possible candidates? I can't recall the name, but if I see it again, I'll recognize it. Thanks.
Sure, did they have any stamp as to silver content? .800 or a half moon and crown? I've seen that on antique German silver. A lot of my boxes were cigarette, cigar or "desk" boxes - they are often a good value - plus beautiful to look at. This is a good starting point for German antique silver manufacturers / maker's marks. http://www.silvercollection.it/GERMANMAKERSPLANTS.html
I don't recall specifically. But hey, thanks for the link. I'll check. Maybe that company isn't around anymore because I tried to google "German (or European) vintage silver box makers" and came up blank.
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