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TO BE A WISE SILVER COLLECTOR
Collecting antiques and old objects can be a thrilling
experience, as these objects take you to the ancient times. You
can visualize and re-live the history of a particular era just
by looking at the collectible item. However, you need to be
careful while investing in antique silver collection, so that
you do not end up buying a fake item or pay more than its worth.
Before buying any collectible, it is advisable to go for
professional appraisal. Correct identification and appraisal of
an object help in insuring the object against loss or damage.
Besides, it gives information about the historical significance
of the object, how to care for your possession and how to
While buying antique silver collectible, look for some label,
hallmark, signature or some other identification mark that can
tie it to certain time period or historical person. Once the
piece is correctly identified, it becomes easy to value it. The
valuation of an antique piece depends on its rarity and its
present condition. You can buy a collectible, whether it is a
toy, jewelry or a coin, once you are totally convinced about its
authenticity and price.
Some silver collectors are under the impression that heavier
the object, more valuable it is. But, this is not true.
Sometimes objects made from silver plate are heavier, but silver
plate is electroplated nickel silver. It is cheaper than
original silver. However, it is not always true that silver
collection made from mixed metal are worthless. If they have
historical significance and can be tied to specific era, they
can be pretty precious.
You can look for some engraving while buying silver collectibles.
Engraving represents date of manufacture or some memorable
occasion. This helps in deciding the age of an artifact. If you
see any tempering with the original engraving, you should be
suspicious about the authenticity and age of an object.
The shape and style of antique silver collectible also reveal
about the time period of its making. The style of the decoration,
inscriptions, hallmarks etc are helpful in finding out the maker
and time of making the object. All these factors help in
valuation of a collectible object.
Generally, authentic and premium pieces from 17th or 18th
century fetch good price. Try to locate a family, who owns
authentic pieces that remained in the same family for
generations and were passed to the next generation from previous
While buying a collectible item check for its authenticity,
rarity, condition, whether it has been repaired earlier. Make
sure that it is not a stolen property. If you have any doubts,
you can take advice of a professional appraiser. Once the object
is acquired, take necessary steps to preserve its beauty by
cleaning and caring it regularly.
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About the Author: Lauren Chung has a hobby of
collecting antiques, old objects, pottery, wall art and
collectibles made from silver such as tea sets, dinner
sets, candle stands and jewelry. Her silver collection
includes mysterious looking silver jewelry pieces and
trinkets, silver coins, medals and exotic looking silver
artifacts. She encourages using coupons of stores such
as Amazon, Target or
eBay coupon code for savings.