Last month at a party, I met this gentleman who owns couple of “cash for gold stores”, that we see pop up all over since the precious metal prices shot up.
I was stunned to hear that a lot of antique silver and even silver plate pieces are getting melted down these days in order to make money. A lot of people are grabbing silver pieces from the antique stores and selling to these shops. The gentleman said he feels bad melting some of those antique pieces but then it is his livelihood and he can’t afford not to melt them.
So the next day I went out to save antique silver pieces, with my limited budget I did manage to buy a few sterling and a few silver-plate pieces for personal collection and also to give as gift for the holidays. I can’t save them all, but I did some. It feels good. If you can save any, please do so, it seems if the prices of precious metals keep going up, most of the antique silver will be melted away.
|castillo silver plate lapis lazuli pitcher|
|Antique sterling+cutglass caviar dish . French|
|Japanese dragon motif silver bowl|
|Lapis lazuli silver plate candlestick c.1960|
|Russian silver cigarette-case|
|silver plate mexican water pitcher|
|Sterling and crystal bowl 1800s. German|
|Sterling tea caddy|
|Reed and Barton silver plate set c. 1958|
|sterling hunting-hound cufflinks|
Credits: 1stdibs, google etc