At Nelson and Nelson, we feature a wide assortment of beautiful antique sterling silver. But how does sterling silver differ from other silver?
Pure silver is too soft for creating functional objects like flatware, pitchers and plates. To compensate for the softness of pure silver, it's alloyed in a standard mass ratio of 92.5% silver to 7.5% other metals (often copper). This is why sterling silver often bears a ".925" stamp (see below).
Sterling silver most likely originated in mainland Europe, and gets its name from the Old English "steorling" ("with/like little star"), possibly in reference to Norman coins stamped with the symbol.
Nelson and Nelson not only sells antique sterling silver, but also buys antique sterling silver flatware sets, tea sets, and other antique sterling silver items. If you're unsure about whether or not your item is indeed sterling, check it for a .925 hallmark. For other tips on selling us your antique silver, click here.