How to recognize antique silverware? To identify antique silver, collectors and enthusiasts examine and research the origins of their pieces, to determine the date, style and country of origin, relying on a system of international classification marking.

A first subdivision of the objects in silver is the one that classifies elements entirely made ​​from this material by others and those in silver plate (consisting of a layer of silver melted in a base metal). When you examine the piece in question, you must know its function. The most common are the teapots, candelabra, Vassili the cups.

Many antiques have no modern equivalent and therefore will be worth much more in economic terms. In the 18th and 19th centuries, small bowls and salt shaker silver coated with a glass insert table dressed nobility. Immediately recognize the pots of chocolate, dating from the 18th century , the characteristic shape of the handles at right angles to the spout, and a hinged opening to insert the wand. Invented in conjunction with the new fashion of drinking tea, the beautiful tea caddies are square or rectangular boxes with removable lid, which were used up to the end of the 19th century.


Look carefully for any silver marks printed on the bottom of a piece. On the newer ones or minimally used, will spot them clearly. for larger items and rather worn out, helped by strong light. Sometimes all you can find is just a part of it, which will be the starting point for its identification. The most valuable ancient silver is of British origin. Must always have the three signs within a pound, which respectively represent the city of manufacture, the date, and coloring. Books and online resources provide complete lists of trademarks around the world.

The silver Italians are more difficult to recognize, because unlike the previous ones do not always have brands. The authentic but have the punches engraved on their surface: this is because of the absence in the past centuries , a state only Italian who could establish universal standards of compliance.

Consider the overall shape and design technique. Silver has followed the trends of his time. If you have a teapot, a mug, a basket or bowl, it will have the style details related to the time when it was made. Parts of the 17th and 18th century are enormous in size and are richly decorated with handles and elaborate pinnacles . The neoclassical period, instead, produced elements small and light, with most of the decorations kept close to the surface and obtained through incisions and low-reliefs.