Finding Value of Silverware?

October 24, 2021

I have two sets of silver plated silverware in their cases of my mother's to sell. Do you know of any sites to find out what they might be worth and where to sell them?



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Most silver plated items are worthless. However, I recently sold a never-used Reed & Barton 72-piece set on eBay for $150. Check the pattern on eBay. Put a filter on so you only see the items that sold.

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First figure out whether your flatware is sterling silver or plated silver. Look at the markings from the manufacturer on the individual pieces. Pieces that are silver plated are typically marked with phrases such as silver plate, plated, EP for electroplated, or EPNS for electroplated nickel silver. If there is no marking on the silverware, the pieces are most likely silver plated.


If your flatware set is silver plated, it is best to keep it and use it, because silver plated flatware has very little resale value.

Then gauge the value of your sterling flatware. There are factors to take into account:
Patterns & Designs. Resources like can help you determine the style and age of the pattern.
Monograms can actually lower the value of your flatware set.
Common pieces like forks, spoons, and knives are worth less than hard to find pieces such as cocktail forks, carving forks and knives, barware, demitasse spoons, and other pieces.
If you have a complete sterling flatware set that includes serving pieces, you can get a higher price selling the entire set than by selling the individual pieces.
Check the current market price of silver before you sell your silverware to get an idea of the current silver price. Weighing your silverware and converting the weight into troy ounces will give you a better idea of its value. Look online for silverware sets that are similar to yours. Check several different websites, not just eBay, and compare the prices to get an average.


The company buys silver in all of its forms
You can read the tips on this site
Search for a physical buyer near you.

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Thanks for the photos! Very helpful. Double check me on The top set is what I believe is Queen Bess II (Silverplate, 1946). It seems to still value when sold for pieces. You can check eBay solds for current piece configuration values--some groupings sell more than others--like knives and spoons seem to sell better than forks and serving pieces often sell the best of all.


The bottom set, I believe to be called Coronation (Silverplate,1936). This set in the serving box just sold for 85.00 on eBay. You can verify if this is your set.

I have always done better selling pieces than whole sets and if you are an experienced eBay seller with a lot of patience, I recommend the same for you. You will usually realize more money doing this as people want to replace their missing pieces or add to their set, but few people want full sets. Not impossible to sell as a set (see the one sold), but harder (longer waits to find just the right person).

The nice thing about selling flatware is it is light to ship if you piece it out. Doesn't require double boxing--although it still needs to be very securely wrapped in bubble wrap to prevent bending/damage.


If you are a new seller, I can give you some pointers--been selling on eBay almost since the beginning.

Thanks for the photos! It helped!!

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October 29, 2021

This knife belonged to my mother and she probably owned it during the 1940's. I don't know where she got it. I just know she had it for a long time. The imprinted information on the knife says "Rogers Mfg.

Co, Warranted 12 Dwt." It appears to be silver or silver plated. I was just interested in the age of the knife.

A vintage silver butter knife.


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October 29, 20210 found this helpful

It is from the William Rogers company. If no one here knows the age, you could contact and they could help you.

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March 9, 2018

Silver flatware is becoming more and more rare and valuable, especially for certain patterns. This is a page about finding the value of old silver plate flatware.

A silver plate spoon with tines.

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