You know that Nelson and Nelson has been selling fine silver for 35 years, but did you know that we also buy antique sterling silver? And with silver selling at the highest prices in three decades, there's never been a better time to sell silver antiques that may no longer work with your décor or are simply collecting dust.
What we buy:
Nelson and Nelson buys antique sterling silver, not silverplate or coins. So how do you know if your antique is made of sterling? Most sterling silver is hallmarked. Hallmarks are small stamps in the silver that can indicate the manufacturer, date and/or location of manufacture, or the purity of the silver. Our basic rule of thumb:
European sterling silver is hallmarked and/or may be marked with the number “800.”
English sterling silver must feature at least four hallmarks: the Lion Passant, city mark, maker mark and date letter.
American sterling may or may not be hallmarked, but if it was made after 1860 it will always be literally marked “Sterling” somewhere on the underside of the object.
A fine quality Sterling Silver antique stuffing spoon made in London in 1784 (above) and its associated hallmarks (below). For more information on this piece, click here.
What we're especially looking for:
Nelson and Nelson appreciates fine antique sterling from George Jensen, Buccellati and Tiffany, as well as all antique English, European and Chinese silver.
Nelson and Nelson never scraps silver, so you're assured that what you sell us will be lovingly curated.
How to sell us your silver:
If you live in the New York City area, bring your antique silver in to our Pierre Hotel location for an appraisal. If you're unable to visit us in person, please send us an email at NNAntiques@aol.com that contains a description of the object you'd like to sell as well as photos of the object and any associated hallmarks and/or stamps.
Nelson and Nelson also buys antique gold and platinum jewelry, and we'll share our tips on selling us your antique jewelry next week. Stay tuned!