For centuries, sterling silver flatware has served as a symbolic gesture of grandeur. In most households, it was proudly displayed and rarely used except for during the most formal occasions. While sterling silverware sets may not be as prominent in today’s casual table setting, it is still a good idea to have a high-quality set ready for when the opportunity to host guests arises.
Fine antiques such as sterling silver flatware always cater to a very specific audience with a very refined taste. For those who appreciate the art and craftsmanship that goes into making sterling silver set masterpieces, understand their uniqueness and know what to look for when buying a high-quality sterling silver flatware set. Sterling silver is defined as an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver with at most 7.5% of other metals, which is usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for producing large functional objects which is why they add alloys such as copper to increase its strength while also preserving the ductility of the silver. Other metals can be used instead of copper such as germanium, zinc, and platinum, but the end goal is still the same- to reduce casting porosity, eliminate fire scale, and increase resistance to tarnish. The exact formula is what differentiated many big name brands of the past, and that is what is considered when gauging the quality of sterling silver flatware.
Gray & Sons features a fine selection of sterling silver sets from names like Wallace, Reed & Barton, International, and much more. All of our sterling silver flatware collection has been polished and restored back to like new condition and is ready to impress on the dining table once more. Buy sterling silver flatware from one of the industries most respected curator’s of luxury items. If you're looking to sell or consign sterling silver flatware, we can accommodate those requests as well with a highly competitive valuation.Sell or Consign Your Silver