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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 01-20-2017 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I happened to stop in to an estate sale this morning and there were two, heavy (over 6 lbs.) 18"x13" International Silver, silver soldered silverplate trays for sale with an anchor and U.S.N. on them. The person running the sale said it was fairly collectible and I bought one on a whim. It has handles and am guessing it's a serving tray. Used and scratched - but I liked it.

Is Navy silverplate collectible? Wondering if I should go back and get the other one if it's still there...

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-20-2017 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Collectable is in the eye of the beholder.

Have you tried searching the forums?

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 01-20-2017 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-20-2017 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So are you starting a navy silver collection?

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 01-20-2017 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm trying to learn what is collectible. I like the heavy feel of the tray I bought.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-20-2017 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Every collection is very personal. What is collectable is all about what you like, find interesting and can afford.

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 01-20-2017 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That may be so - but some silver items are more desirable in the marketplace than others. Some people have various reasons for collecting or acquiring silver or silverplate. I would guess that everyone on this forum buys and sells pieces - looks for hidden treasures - upgrades and branches out - and learns along the way.

As a new collector I'm trying not to get burned and want to take advantage of any opportunity that comes my way. Don't think it's unreasonable to ask about the desirability/collectibility of a certain genre of silverplate.

Just because I like something doesn't mean it makes sense to buy it and put it in a collection.

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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-20-2017 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buy what you like. Learn from your purchases. Overpaying or underpaying, making mistakes, changing personal interests are all part of the process.

For some it is the enjoyment that comes from the thrill of the hunt and discovery. For others its the learning or the personal pleasure from being able to personally inspect/hold something.

Collecting for investment can prove to be difficult. Collectible tastes change. Today the thing that is collected by many persons may find that tomorrow there are less collectors. It's kind of like the real estate marketplace, some areas are in demand until they are not, so prices fluctuate.

My advise, collect what you find interesting let the process be a learning experience. As you learn, your interests may expand and take you in new directions.

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cbc58

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iconnumber posted 01-20-2017 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbc58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I collected what I like without thinking things through -- I'd have 40 wives. Don't think my wife would be too understanding about that. As it is, she keeps wondering why silver spoons keep coming in the mail.

Hopefully someone who owns Navy silverplate items can share their view...

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dragonflywink

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iconnumber posted 01-21-2017 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have to agree with Scott - if you like it and want it, then it's collectable. As a long-time collector, dealer, and compulsive researcher, can tell you that the antiques and collectables field is, and always has been cyclical, what was highly desirable yesterday might be out of fashion today, and may or may not become popular again tomorrow...

Your waiter/tray, heavily plated and well constructed to hold up to commercial cleaning/polishing, would be considered both hotelware and militaria, if your main interest is in the 'marketplace' value, then do the research, find the prices similar items brought (asking prices are just that, not necessarily reflecting actual current value), keeping in mind that those prices might vary widely over relatively short time frames.

If you like this piece, and plan on adding it to your collection, then post a pic of the marks, might result in a bit more information for you...

~Cheryl

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