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September 2, 2015

Collecting vintage and antique sterling silver
is one of the most delightful of hobbies.
Early 20th century children's cup

Early 20th century sterling flask

Saxon court lady's wheel lock pistol, ca 1525 

Sterling match box 

Sterling silver nutmeg grater inside a
monogrammed shell 

Sterling silver belt buckle  

Sterling ink stand

Some of the most fascinating silver items are
tea service related, especially tea caddies:

Unusual Howard sterling double hinged tea caddy

German cylindrical tea caddy, 1900

Tiffany hammered tea caddy, 1880

Stieff Repousse sterling tea caddy, 1890

William Comyns English sterling
tea caddy, 1888

German Hanau tea caddy, 1880

Gorham double tea caddy, 1935

Frank Whiting sterling silver tea caddy

German tea caddy, 1900

As the graph below shows, we would be much happier collectors if
we had purchased a few of these sterling caddies back in 2001 when
sterling was $4 per ounce:

A piece purchased for $50 in 2003 is worth over $200 today.

How refreshing - a collection that goes up in value!

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