Sterling silver

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  1. Brian Ochaba

    Brian Ochaba Member

    Is it a good idea in investing in sterling silver?
     
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  3. SensibleSal66

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  4. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    I'd call it speculation, not investing.
     
  5. beaver96

    beaver96 Well-Known Member

    When it comes time to sell sterling will be harder to sell and will bring less for silver weight. I'll stick to .999 for stacking.
     
  6. MIGuy

    MIGuy Supporter! Supporter

    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.
     
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  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Sterling has more collectibility for the item than the silver but it's the silver that draws people to the item. Unless you like collecting silverware or other Sterling silver items forget it.
    These are all Sterling silver from my collection and the item itself is worth more than the silver in them.

    A silver spoon
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    Another silver spoon
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    A food pusher
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    Hair curlers
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    Sugar tongs
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    Another sugar ting
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    A baby teething ring
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    Hair pins
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  8. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    Sterling 925 can be very beautiful but I am partial to 999. Thanks for the post.
     
  9. MIGuy

    MIGuy Supporter! Supporter

    High quality beautifully crafted items, thanks for sharing.
     
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  10. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Sterling Silver made great looking jewelry but isn't great for silver collectors at all. Too much work and expense to smelt! :arghh: If you want silver, you may want to do yourself a favor and collect junk silver or .999, that's the best! :D
     
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  11. Brian Ochaba

    Brian Ochaba Member

    Thought so . There is a seller selling his Franklin Mint sterling silver 208 oz of car ingots. He wants $6500 .
     
  12. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    That's $32.50 an ounce and Sterling is not .999 so it's really more.
     
  13. Brian Ochaba

    Brian Ochaba Member

    Ya it’s on .925 and figured it was on worth $4200.
     
  14. Brian Ochaba

    Brian Ochaba Member

    He just dropped his price to $5600 lol.
     
  15. Brian Ochaba

    Brian Ochaba Member

    Only worth $4200, sorry.
     
  16. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    The Franklin Mint has been overpriced and overrated for decades. Most of their stuff only brings pennies on the dollar.
     
  17. Brian Ochaba

    Brian Ochaba Member

    That’s what I thought . He has it for sale for at least 1 1/2 years on CL. Thank you for that I am definitely passing on it.
     
  18. JeffC

    JeffC Never buying coin tubes with pull-off caps again. Supporter

    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.
     
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  19. manny9655

    manny9655 Well-Known Member

    Sometimes you can get lucky and find sterling, or .800 fine European silver, at thrift stores such as Goodwill or Salvation Army, or at flea markets. It depends, though, on whether the employees know their stuff or not. I've found a couple of .800 fine pieces at such places and bought them for a pittance. But you have to know your markings. There's a lot of silverplate stuff like Rogers out there that's plated pot metal and virtually worthless.
     
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  20. MIGuy

    MIGuy Supporter! Supporter

    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
     
  21. JeffC

    JeffC Never buying coin tubes with pull-off caps again. Supporter

    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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