Today, fewer people than ever are using sterling silver flatware. If you have sterling silver flatware just lying around, you can sell or pawn it at The Jewelers & Loan Co., a trusted silver pawn shop in Quincy. We are proud to serve customers from across the region, including those from the following areas:
- South Shore
- Lower Mills
- Plymouth County
Contact us today to learn more about how to get cash for silver or pawn your sterling silver flatware, jewelry, and other items.
Pawn Your Silver Items
Many people that come to our Quincy, MA jewelry store and gold ownership location looking to sell or pawn their gold and pawn diamonds, but did you know that the old sterling silver jewelry you have in your drawers at home may be valuable as well?
Many people only bring out sterling silver flatware for special occasions. Some people who inherit sterling silver flatware choose to sell or pawn it. While not as valuable as gold, it can still be worth pawning or selling your silver, especially as fewer people are using sterling silver flatware as utensils.
Sterling Silverware & Flatware Items We Buy
- Silver forks, spoons, knives, and silver and flatware sets
- Silver serving trays, and teapots
- Salt and pepper shakers
- Silver jewelry and sterling silver jewelry boxes
- David Yurman silver, 925 Italy Jewelry, 925
- United States coins pre-1964
- Candelabras, candlesticks, and vases
- Silver mirrors, brushes, and combs
- Sterling plates, sterling trays, sterling bowls
- Sterling tableware, salvers, and pitchers
Pawning Sterling Silver Flatware for Cash
How can you sell your silverware for money? Whether you want to sell sterling silver flatware or junk silver, we can help you turn these undesired pieces of silver into cash or help you exchange sterling silver pieces for something incredibly valuable. Whether you want to pawn, exchange, or sell for cash, our professionals are here to help you with all of your sterling silver transactions.
Remember, you can make the simple choice to sell your items if you just want some cash. Alternatively, you can pawn or borrow against your items and have the option of receiving your items at a later date if the terms of the pawn agreement are followed.
Do you have sterling silverware sets, sterling trays, sterling teapots and sterling candlesticks? Maybe you received some of these items as a wedding gift and would prefer to get rid of them because they are difficult to clean and care for. After all, sterling silver pieces can’t go in the dishwasher and have to be polished to stay looking their best. Some choose to pass sterling silver on to loved ones, but not many people have use for sterling silver flatware. This is why pawning sterling silver instead of holding on to it is a smart option.
To sell or pawn your silver jewelry or sterling silver flatware, you have to make sure that your pieces are authentic sterling silver. There are loads of fake sterling silver items circulating out there, especially from other countries. The best way to tell if an item is genuine is to look for a stamp on your items, but some items are too small to receive a stamp, such as some sterling silver jewelry. Other countries don’t always require stamps. Our experts can give you an appraisal on your sterling silver flatware and jewelry.
While we will accept most things made of real sterling silver, here are some of the most common sterling silver pieces we see come into our store:
- Sterling silver forks
- Sterling Silver Spoons
- Sterling silver knives
- Sterling silver salt & pepper shakers
- Sterling silver serving trays
- Sterling silver plates
- Sterling silver platters
- Sterling teapots
- Sterling silver straws
- Sterling silver tongs
- Sterling silver souvenir spoons
Don’t see the sterling silver valuables you have on our list?
No worries — just bring them to our silver pawn shop in Quincy with your sterling silver items and we will give you a free estimate on the value of your sterling silver pieces. Don’t live nearby? You can get a quote online. You can text or email a picture to us. If you decide to move forward, you can safely send your sterling silver pieces and we will do an on-site, in-person estimate and tell you how much cash we can offer you for your sterling silver pieces. There is no obligation, so you’re free to make the decision on what to do with your pieces. Come check out the silver ownership method that we think will change collateral based micro pawn lending in the US.
Pawn Your Sterling Silver Pieces Today!
If you decide to pawn your sterling silverware for money, come to our silver pawn shop. We can help you get cash for your sterling silver pieces or pawn your items. All you will have to do is come into our convenient Quincy, MA location. If you’re not local to Quincy, we can do the entire process online:
1. Click “Start Pawn Now!”
Just answer a few questions about the item(s) that you are looking to pawn and determine the situation that best fits your needs.
You can decide whether you want to sell your silver for cash or take out a pawn loan.
2. Get a Free Estimate
One of our silver pawn experts will look at your request right away and give you a personalized estimate. If you have any questions, our owner is even available in person at our silver pawn shop.
3. Send and Ship Your Items For Free
After you get your personalized quote and decide to pawn or sell your items, we will send you a prepaid shipping label from FedEx. Just print and send in your item, which will be fully insured so you can enjoy peace of mind.
4. Final Offer
Using the market value, we will appraise your jewelry, watch, or other silver valuables and email or call you directly with our final offer, based on our in-person assessment. We have a physical location and we appraise items every day.
5. Get Your Money
Once you agree to our final offer, we can wire funds, send you a check, or you can pick up your cash in person. Regardless of how you prefer to receive your money, we will make sure you get the money you need in a way that is convenient for you.
Look for Silver Plate Marks on Your Sterling Silver Items
Unfortunately we do not purchase silver-plated items. Customers sometimes come into our silver pawn shop saying, “I want to sell my sterling silver, but how do I know it is real?” The easiest way to determine if a piece is in fact sterling silver is to look for a silver plate mark.
These silver stamps frequently appear on silver place settings, including cutlery, and silver flatware. Most countries require stamps, which makes this a great way to tell if your sterling silver pieces are real. The most common silver-plate marks are:
- American Silver Plate
- Quadruple Plate
- Silver on Copper
- Triple Plate
- Fine Silver Plate
- Special Metal
In our silver pawn store, we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of sterling silver jewelry and flatware and on the unique history of sterling silver. We want to buy your sterling silverware for cash! We want to help you get the most money for your silver, so here is a brief history of silver:
In 1906, the Stamping Act created a national regulation for sterling silver, which meant all items being sold as sterling silver to be marked as sterling.
Companies that sell silver-plated items use copper and pewter as base metals and are stamped “silver plate,” which means they only have a very thin layer of silver “plating” over a base metal. This means they don’t have much value.
Even if the metal is white, it doesn’t mean that it is real sterling silver or that it is valuable. White metals can be pewter, copper, brass, tin, and several other base metal combinations. The fact that it tarnishes does not make it sterling silver. Some people may also think that just because an item is old, it must be worth a lot of money. Age is not always an immediate indication of value. “Sterling”, “925”, “925/1000”, “900/1000”, or “coin silver”, are indicators of real silver the majority of the time. However, for something to truly be sterling silver, it needs to have a 925 or a 925/1000 stamp on it. This means it is made of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals.
Flatware made of sterling silver may also be represented in decimal form as .925.
International Sterling Silver Pieces
Many customers visit our silver pawn shop to sell their international sterling silver pieces. We can accept sterling silver tea sets, sterling silver antiques, and sterling silver flatware from all around the world. But other countries may have different ways of marking their sterling silver items than the US.
In America, you typically want to look for a 925 on your sterling silver items. However, in different countries, there are different standards for silver, which are listed below. Even if the item is technically silver, it may not be sterling. You can use this guide to help figure out where your sterling silver antiques and fine home items are from.
- .1000- Japan
- .999- Fine silver, accepted by a member of the Hallmarking Convention, which includes: Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
- .980- Mexico, a common standard of sterling silver in the 1930s
- .959- Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic
- .958- UK
- .950- France, Japan, U.S. (2nd half of the 19th century), Netherlands (until 1814), Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary
- .948- Russia
- .940- Poland, Mexico
- .945- Austria, Germany, and Switzerland
- .934- Netherlands (common sterling silver standard until 1953)
- .930- Netherlands (in the 19th century), Germany, Israel, Palestine
- .925- the U.K., U.S. (sterling silver since 1870), Ireland, Denmark (since 1893), Netherlands, Israel. Today, this is seen as the “worldwide standard” for sterling silver.
- .916- Finland, Poland (after 1963), Portugal (after 1886), Russia, Romania, Spani (before 1934), Latvia
- .915- Spain (after 1934)
- .900- U.S. coin (before 1870), China, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Japan, Egypt, Hungary, Lebanon, Turkey
- .875- Russia, Baltic States, Finland, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Latvia
- .844- Denmark and Norway in the 18th century
- .840- Iran
- .835- Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Belgium
- .833- Portugal (after 1886), Netherlands (until 195), Denmark (after 1800), Norway in the 18th century
- .830- Norway after 1892, Denmark after 1972, Sweden, Finland, Portugal
- .826- Denmark from 1893-1972, Norway before 1892
- .813- Germany and Finland
- .800- Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Romania, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon Netherlands until 1814, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina
- .750- Germany, Italy, Spain, Prussia, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania
- .700- Lebanon
- .687- Germany
- .625- Germany
- .600- Egypt
If you want to authenticate your international sterling silver items or find out how much they’re worth, bring them to our silver pawn shop in Quincy.
Selling and Pawning Sterling Silver Antiques and Tea Sets
Here at the Jewelers & Loan Co, we are the leading experts in Milton, MA when it comes to buying sterling silver antiques and flatware. Sterling silverware is rarer than you might think, and if you have authentic sterling silver flatware it might be very valuable. However, it’s important to know whether or not it is real sterling silver. It may be “coin silver” or only made with 80% or 90% silver (you can tell if your piece is coin silver because it will have an 800 or 900 stamp on it). Other pieces that claim to be sterling silver flatware may be made out of electro-plated silver or another white metal base.
If you would like to get a sterling silver appraisal to know the value of your sterling silver pieces, come into our Quincy or Milton, MA, store today for a pawn quote.
In addition to selling your silver or flatware for cash, you can pawn your items or exchange them for other sterling silver antiques, including:
- Sterling forks
- Hair brushes
- Salt & pepper shakers
- Spoons, knives
- Place settings
- Place soup spoon
- Hollow handle butter spreader
- Cream soup spoon
- Bouillon Spoon
- Cocktail Fork
- Flat Handle Butter knife
- Sterling butter pick
- Ice tea spoon
- Sterling silver pierced silver spoon
- Demitasse Spoon
- Ice cream fork
- Sugar spoon
- Sterling gravy ladle
- Sterling pickle fork
- Sterling meat fork
- Pie server
- Sterling carving set
- Lemon fork
- Jelly server
- Sterling baked potato fork
- Sauce Ladle
Do you want to get money for your sterling silver antique or flatware piece? Just visit us in person or start the process online to determine just how much you can get for your sterling silver pieces.
FAQs About Pawning Sterling Silver
Here at The Jewelers & Co., we are experienced sterling silverware buyers. Here, we review some of the most frequently asked questions about sterling silver and how to pawn, sell, or exchange those pieces.
How Do I Get a Sterling Silver Appraisal?
To start the appraisal process for your sterling silver flatware, come visit The Jewelers & Loan Co. right in our convenient Quincy, MA, location. You can also reach out via text, phone, or email. Don’t live in Quincy? No problem! You can do the entire process online through our GoldPawnerShip App that can be used anywhere in the United States. All you have to do is log in and tell us about your sterling silver pieces so that we can get started!
How Much Does Sterling Silver Usually Sell For?
This is highly dependent on the spot price of silver in the open market that day. In just the past decade, silver spot market price has ranged from just $13 per troy oz to as high as almost $50 per troy ounce. A full or mismatched sterling silver set can go for $100 to $5,000 and up, depending on the silver spot price, the weight, and purity of the silver, along with the age and the silversmith who made it. Don’t expect your silver to be rare or valuable just because you see people selling silver on reality TV shows. One good thing about sterling silver flatware pieces in particular is that they tend to be quite heavy. The heavier the silver you have, the more valuable your silver piece will be worth.
How Do I Know If My Item Is Genuine Sterling Silver?
The most reliable way to tell if a piece is sterling silver is to look for a stamp that has a 925 on it. Genuine sterling silver is comprised of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, which are most often copper. The stamp may also say “real silver” or “fine silver.” Not every country requires a stamp for silver. On most silverware, look for the “Sterling” stamp.
Some stamps say 900 or 800, which is only 90% or 80% silver, or “coin silver.” Another way to test your piece is with a magnet. Real silver will not have a strong reaction to a magnet.
My Sterling Silver Candlesticks Are Very Heavy. How Much Cash Can I Get?
Value is dependent on the actual net-weight of your sterling silver candlesticks, not the gross weight. If you have sterling silver candlesticks you desire to sell, we will take the time to weigh each candlestick and compare it to the current market price of sterling silver. This gets you the most money for your piece. Some sterling silver candlesticks are weighted with clay or sand, and might even say “weighted” on the item itself. This may also occur with sterling silver candelabras and sterling silver salt and pepper shakers that have glass or clay in them. For example, think of peeling open a can of soup or tuna.This is similar to the thickness of the sterling on these weighted pieces.
If My Sterling Silver Knives Are Tarnished, Does That Mean They Are Real?
Not necessarily. Just because your silverware looks like sterling silver, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your knives and flatware are made of real sterling silver. Real silver does in fact tarnish, but there are other metals that cause the appearance of tarnishing. The best way to tell if your flatware is real sterling silver is to look for a stamp on it. The stamp should say .925 on it to indicate that the piece is 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent other metals. If you think your piece is silver but you can’t find a stamp, simply bring it to our silver pawn shop in Quincy or Milton.
Sterling silver butter knives, sterling silver dinner knives, and sterling silver can openers are very well made and strong. In sterling knives, there are actually steel blades on the inside of the handles where the clay is glued so that the thin silver is surrounded by clay. The steel rod connects to the stainless-steel cutting blade. Sterling knives have a silver handle, stainless steel rod, and stainless-steel cutting blade.
What Are the Most Expensive Sterling Silver Brands?
Not all silver is created equal. If you want to sell your sterling silver pieces, you should know that designer brands are sought after and thus more valuable. Below are some of the most popular silversmiths on the market today:
- International Century
- Richard Dimes
- Kirk Stieff
- Gorham Sterling Silver
- W&D Graff
- Reed & Barton
- International Sterling
- Mount Vernon
- Wallace Sterling Silver
- Tiffany Silver
- Roger Brothers
- Lunt Sterling Silver
Each brand has their own unique trademark. You may notice their name and logo on your piece, which is an indicator that you are dealing with an authentic, name-brand sterling silver item.
If you own sterling silver pieces from these brands, come to our store in Quincy to see how much you can get to pawn or sell your silver. We can identify sterling silver hallmarks and silversmith manufacturers’ pictorial stamps, which means that you will get the best value for your sterling silver items.
Getting Cash for Your Sterling Silver Pieces
At The Jewelers & Loan Co., you can get cash for your silver pieces, including coin silverware, sterling silver spoons and flatware, and sterling silver hollowware, regardless of the condition. Since it is relatively easy to imitate the appearance of silver as white metals are fairly common, you will need to get an appraisal to find out if your item is truly sterling silver. Bring us your unwanted sterling silver items to get a professional appraisal.
Pawn Your Sterling Silverware
You can pawn your silver jewelry and sterling silverware at our location in Quincy. Here are just some of the items we accept:
Towle Sterling Silver
Gorham Sterling Silver
Reed & Barton
Wallace Sterling Silver
Lunt Sterling Silver
Sterling Dinner Forks
Sterling Silver Salad Forks
No matter if you’re located in Boston, South Shore, Quincy, Dorchester, Milton, Braintree, Hingham, Cohasset, Weymouth, Randolph, Holbrook, Rockland, Abington, Hanover, Norwell, Marshfield, Pembroke, Hanson, Whitman, Mattapan, Lower Mills, or elsewhere in Plymouth County, you can stop in our silver pawn shop for quick and reliable appraisals. We have several offerings to help our customers get the most value for their items, including:
For more information, contact us today!