M.S. Rau houses one of the world's finest collections of important antique silver pieces, including rare pieces by history's finest names such as Paul Storr, Hester Bateman, Fabergé and more. When you shop antique silver pieces online or in our New Orleans gallery, you will find extraordinary antique silverware and antique sterling silver flatware that any silver buyer will love. With services by Tiffany & Co. and Puiforcat, historically significant presentation silver, antique sterling silver tea sets, antique silver flatware set, silver jewelry boxes, and many more exquisite items. Whether you are looking for a beautiful serving bowl with distinct silver marks or a unique silver coffee pot, find a piece of antique silver that you will cherish for years to come.
How Can You Tell if Sterling Silver is Antique?
To tell if a sterling silver piece is truly considered to be sterling silver, the piece will usually be marked with a stamp. To check for the telltale mark, check your silver plate or silver flatware for a defining hallmark. For a sterling silver piece to be considered antique, the piece must be 100 years or older. For example, an Art Deco sterling silver spoon would be considered an antique sterling silver piece if it included both the defining sterling silver stamp and was over 100 years old. A mid-century modern sterling silver piece would not be considered antique silver due to it being included in a younger era.
As always, collectors shopping for antique French silver, antique English silver or antique American silver can buy with confidence knowing that every antique silver item we sell is backed by our unprecedented 125% guarantee. Once you acquire a piece of pure silver, be sure to understand the Do's and Don'ts of Caring for Your Silver to make sure your silver items never tarnish. If you are looking for rare antiques, contact a specialist today!