ASSORTED ESTATE ITEMS
There are many other items that can bring High Cash Market values. Sterling silver flatware or silver tea sets and silver trays, silver candle sticks and candelabras, collector coins, precious metal ingots, fine pens and lighters, dental gold, broken jewelry, platinum crucibles, precious metal hair pins or brooches and more. In most cases precious metal items will be clearly hallmarked with the type of metal and purity. In many cases they will also be hallmarked by the maker. A magnifier can often be used to read the hallmarks and then learn what type of precious metal the item is made with. If the item is not hallmarked and you think it is real, there are several tests that can be done by a gemologist to learn if the item contains precious metals. At the end of this guide is the full contact information for the jewelry and assorted estate item buyer.
Sterling silver flatware is almost always marked “Sterling”, “Sterling Silver” or “925 Silver”,
“900 silver”, “800 silver” or “coin silver”. Flatware marked “silverplate”, “tripleplate”,
“XYZ silver company” or something similar without using the key word “sterling” is usually silver plated over a non-precious metal and would be worth considerably less than solid silver.
There are literally 100’s of picture hallmarks. When these hallmarks are decoded they will tell us the silversmith, country or town, year and silver purity. Most “sterling” silver flatware is worth slightly less to slightly more than its silver value. But there are many silversmith’s that produced sterling flatware and it is worth far more than its raw silver value. Also keep in mind sterling knife handles are almost always filled with a cement like filler. The same cement like filler is used in nearly all candlestick bases and the actual part that holds the candle.
Sterling silver serving trays, teapots, serving pieces without puffed handles and the like are typically solid sterling silver (providing they are marked sterling). Of course complete sets, in the original wood box with protective felt enjoy extra demand and bring better cash market value than the same set that is not complete. There are also silver handle hair brushes, silver or gold hair ornaments plus various ladies silver or gold accessories like zipper pulls, compacts, etc.
Here is a list of numerous other estate items that could also bring excellent cash market value. Lighters, fountain and ballpoint pens, class rings, cufflinks, tie bars, collar tips and yes, even yellow dental gold. All the previous items (except dental gold) are typically hallmarked by the maker which indicates the maker, metal type and purity. Numerous estate items can bring very good cash market values, even if they are not made from precious metals. In the case of dental gold you want to look for yellow metal, white metal dental parts are not made with gold or silver and typically deeper the yellow color means higher karat (purity) gold.
Most silver, gold or platinum coins must be official US mint made to have any numismatic value. Numismatic value means a collector value bonus in addition to the precious metal weight. Most older coins are common or worn but still enjoy a cash market value more than just the metal value. Rare coins can be worth much, much more… but of course they are rare. The list of collectible coins is too detailed to put in this general guide but you may send an email to Lou@Gemwin.com There are also commemorative coins which are made by private companies and typically just worth their metal value. Ingots are typically bar shaped, well struck rectangular shaped pieces of precious metal that are 99.99% pure. Ingots can be made of silver, gold or platinum and will usually have a nice certificate authenticating the ingot. There are also lesser ingots which look more homemade and although these might need testing they can still bring very high cash market values.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]