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  • Jun 12 / 2014
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Selling Your Silver Tea Sets

antique sterling silver

If you are looking to sell vintage silver tea sets in Tampa there’s no better place to go than Sarasota Antique Buyers. We buy all kinds of antiques, from jewelry and hollowware to furniture and porcelain—whether they are individual pieces or entire collections.

One of the most important stages of selling silver tea sets is determining their value. If you do not consult with a professional antique dealer to find out, you could end up settling for far less than what you should be. Sterling silver is one of the most popular items we buy from people around the Tampa area, and we have years of industry experience that make us more than qualified to give you an appraisal. And we have made it extremely simple to get the process started! All you have to do is email us a quality picture of your items with a description and we will get back to you as soon as possible with an evaluation—no cost to you.

If you live near Tampa and have a silver tea set you are looking to sell, chances are it is either sterling or plated. If it is sterling it will be worth a lot more than if it is plated. To be sterling, it has to be 92.5% silver. But how do you know the difference?

Check the items for any markings. If they are engraved with the number “925” it is sterling. Sometimes, it will say sterling right on it. If it has neither, it may be plated. But in order to know the manufacturer and pattern, it is strongly advised you take it to a professional antique dealer for a market analysis.

At Sarasota Antique Buyers, we buy and sell all different types of silver tea sets including:

  • 19th century sets
  • English tea sets
  • Tiffany, Whiting, Kirk, and Gorham

We offer several different types of liquidation services, including auctioning and consignment. How you wish to go about selling your antiques is completely up to you. Either way, we will be more than happy to walk you through the process and act as a guide for those who have never sold any vintage items before.

If you are looking to sell your silver tea sets, we are interested in buying the ones which have the likes of silver tea set shown in the picture above. Email us a picture of your items at Alan@sarasotaantiquebuyers.com, or give us a call today to learn more: 941-373-1234.

  • Dec 19 / 2013
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Sterling Silver vs. Plated

Antique Sterling silver

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you have a sterling silver or plated item. If you have antique jewelry, flatware, hollowware, hallmarks, etc. that you have no use for, you should strongly consider selling them to an expert antique buyer in Sarasota, Tampa or St. Petersburg.

Whether or not you’re interested in selling the item, the more you know about its worth, the better. Do your research so you have a better idea for its value in the event you ever do choose to sell it.

Also, definitely do not write something off as having no value just because it isn’t something you consider attractive or useful. If it’s a vintage piece it’s valuable to someone— even if the only thing it’s doing for you is collecting dust!

Silver antiques are some of the most common types of pieces for antique dealers to collect. Many people don’t realize there are different types of silver, and yours may not be sterling. Sometimes antique pieces are plated, meaning they are primarily made with another base metal such as copper, nickel, or brass, and sprayed with a top layer of silver. So how can you tell the difference? Sometimes you can’t (unless you are experienced in the field). But there are a few hints to look for:

Sterling vs. Plated Silver:

  • If it’s sterling silver it will almost always have a stamp labeling it so, or the number “925.” If it has either of these markings it’s an American antique.
  • If your piece has neither, it’s most likely plated. If it has markings of “EP,” “EPNS,” or no markings at all, it’s also likely to be plated. But you should still have it tested by our expert antique dealers in Sarasota, Tampa, and St. Petersburg just to be sure.
  • Sterling is much more expensive, as it’s composed of 92% pure silver. Most European silver is hallmarked—meaning it has a hammer and punch stamp identifying its manufacturer/origin.
  • If it turns acid into a reddish/brown color, it’s not pure.
  • Sterling can, and usually does, last forever. Silver-plated pieces can last approximately 20 years if cared for properly.

The only way to know the true market value of your antiques, and to determine their worth, is to bring them to an antique buyer in Sarasota, St. Petersburg or Tampa. We offer free verbal evaluations. You just need to email us photos (in natural lighting) with descriptions of each piece. We also buy and sell gold jewelry, paintings, porcelain, Asian art and antiques, bronzes, etc. For more information about selling your sterling silver you can contact us using the form on our site.

If you possess antique silver items as shown in the above image and you are willing to sell them, you may call us at 9413731234.