Silver is a valuable metal and has a value as scrap. Sometimes the intrinsic value of the silver outstrips the value of the article itself. More modern pieces may not have retained their value but quality antiques will hopefully have more value than their scrap metal price.
What kind of silverware is valuable?
Sterling silver is valuable both because it can be refined and thus retains the current price for silver and because the flatware and other pieces usually maintain their resale value and desirability. Antique silver is also valuable as an antique, sometimes far beyond what the silver content would dictate.
What can you do with old silverware sets?
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Will a magnet stick to silver plated silverware?
A strong magnet can be a good tool in determining whether your silver antique is solid silver or plated. Silver exhibits weak magnetic effects, so if you hold a magnet up and it sticks to the piece strongly, you can feel pretty confident that the piece isnt silver.
What spoons are worth?
Teaspoons are usually more valuable than demitasse spoons, and sterling is almost always worth more than plate. Most souvenir spoons are die stamped from silver, but some of the early Gorham spoons were cast from molten silver. Back then, they were worth $3 or so; today, theyre worth a few hundred dollars.