Jul 09, 2013, 04:10 PM
Thrift store silver spoon
2 5/8 oz sterling beauty marked @ $.59 I was pretty happy and was worth my time to dig through the 100 or so plated pieces to find the real deal.
Jul 09, 2013 04:10 PM
Jul 09, 2013, 06:31 PM
Always worth digging through the flatware bins at the thrifts. Ha paid off more than once for me too. Congrats. Who is the maker?
“We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.”
― Oscar Wilde
Jul 10, 2013, 04:27 AM
Nice buy WINTERBEAR. Thanks for sharing...
Jul 25, 2013, 11:22 PM
Reed and Barton sterling is how it is marked. Thanks for looking and sharing my finds. Chris
Jul 25, 2013, 11:31 PM
Jul 27, 2013, 12:22 AM
I recommend starting with the basics. Begin by ONLY buying silver items stamped with either "925" or the exact word "sterling". Look them over good they legally HAVE to be stamped it with one of those if it is solid silver and those stamps can be found in all sorts of places on different pieces. This is pretty safe method and its the key to starting out. If it does not have either the "925" or "sterling" stamp don't gamble on it or you WILL loose money. There are a lot of convincing silver plated items out there trust me. Don't get excited by fancy hallmarks and don't buy something just because it has hallmarks until you know what they mean absolutely specifically...can't stress that enough. You wont find stuff on every outing but using this basic rule should eventually get you some good deals and it will eliminate gambling on silver plated stuff.
Originally Posted by robbor
Getting more advanced than this takes a little study and memorizing the meanings of hallmarks but once you lay it out its not too hard. Heres a head start....its a pictorial guide to solid silver marks from every country in the world (note theres more than one page on the website so be sure to flip through)
Guide to World Hallmarks - Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks
There are a TON of markings for solid silver throughout the world but I see you live in the US so I would start with familiarizing yourself with a few certain foreign marks (in order these are the countries I've found the most silver from but this is just my personal experience).
1. English British Sterling - English Hallmarks, Irish Hallmarks & Scottish Hallmarks <-------Most important by far
2. Mexican Mexican Silver Marks Menu - Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks
3. French French Hallmarks - Encyclopedia of Silver Marks, Hallmarks & Makers' Marks
4. Norway Norway Maker's Marks I - at 925-1000.com