Silver

This fall we have plans to host a dinner for old friends. One of the things I’ve collected over the years is vintage and antique plated silver. I just added this antique coffee pot/warmer this week and it’s fun to to polish it (this picture is of it half polished) and see the beauty unfold. I’ll use it this fall at the dinner…

But I also started my sterling collection (non jewelry related). I purchased a few things including a vintage meat fork meant to be used for the proper carving of meat… I’ll use that this fall as well.

And, of course, sterling silver is what many people consider “real” and it’s obviously more expensive due to its higher silver content. Although, some plated silver pieces can be in the hundreds (I have a few pieces and sets that would sell for as much) and it goes without saying that it does eventually all add up. Plated silver is “real”, despite what some people say, but rather it’s just silver plated over another metal (sometimes done very well even). But again, plated silver won’t often fetch the thousands you can easily see with sterling pieces.

…There are markings on silver to indicate what’s what. I’ll get into that more later, but one should be able to tell rather easily whether you have a plated silver piece or sterling silver. 925 is a common marking on sterling silver and one of my pieces is marked 950. Again, I’ll write a post detailing more of this later…