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iconnumber posted 04-09-2005 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 10weight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just recently unpacked a variety of antique silver pieces, many I would expect are pre-1900. There are some Tiffany, Ball Black, Gorham and others. I realize I'll need to get things appraised, but what I am particualrly interested in is the best place to sell any pieces should that be what we do. I'd rather avoid EBay, but I'm really just hoping to get fair value. Any thoughts or recommendations would be welcome.
Sorry if this has been answered elsewhere, but I couldn't find the chain.

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iconnumber posted 04-09-2005 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This question is reasonable but is a borderline offer to sell. As such we are going to move this to the For Sale Forum. As a new member you will be given limited access to the For Sale Forum.

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iconnumber posted 04-09-2005 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This doesn’t exactly address your question but you might find the insights helpful: Changes in the Collector Market

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iconnumber posted 04-09-2005 12:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nihontochicken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, the antique shops in my town will not offer more than scrap value for coin and sterling flatware and small holloware. As far as consignment, they don't want to deal with the "high price" of, say, a late eighteenth century Brit stuffing spoon set at wholesale. Give your shops a try, but without great expectations. If you can find a shop willing to consign your items at a reasonable price, then go for it. Otherwise, I advise surveying Ebay for sales of similar items to get a feeling for prices there, then give it a shot for your silver. JMHO.

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iconnumber posted 04-23-2005 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdhavey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The better antique shops here in New England often take consignments (and 40% of the sale price) and things may lie around for a while. A good auctioneer who has experience with silver is another possibility (I can recommend two if you email me: but avoid the weekly junk auctions. Unfortunately, where you are makes a big difference. Much of the country is a desert when it comes to selling (or buying) antiques.

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iconnumber posted 04-24-2005 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Argent47     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you were here in London, England, you would be able to sell your silver through auctions which are many. They also pay very high prices.

Failing that, Ebay sounds a good enough place to sell although I have never used them.
Good luck!

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iconnumber posted 04-24-2005 11:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dale     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are looking into eBay, a Trading Assistant with a strong interest in silver could be a good possibility. If you would describe what you have, maybe we could get a better grip on your situation.

The one problem I can see is that compared to glass and china, there have never been all that many silver dealers in most of the US. Which has the effect of leaving the seller at the mercy of the one and only silver dealer in the local area.

I would suggest the first step is to clean and polish the silver. Then begin to sort it into logical groups. Then begin to search for values.

In my experience, eBay tends to produce a strong wholesale price for most items. Not a high price, but a quick one.

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