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Sterling Silver Flatware

Sterling flatware offers an unmistakably elegant touch to any table setting. With its radiant white metallic luster, sterling flatware has long been the utensil material of choice for royalty and aristocracy. Today, sterling flatware can be found in a wide variety of styles from the ornate or baroque styles to the austere and modern.

Sterling silver flatware has been produced since roughly the 12th century, when German silversmiths found that by combining pure silver with another alloy, they could add strength while maintaining the inherent ductility. Over the following centuries, silversmiths across Western Europe continued to perfect the craft of making silver flatware. Eventually, the tradition was brought to the new world, and by the mid-18th century, there were more than 500 practicing silversmiths in existence.

Some of the most esteemed producers of sterling flatware include Tiffany & Co., Christofle, Reed & Barton, and Towle. These companies, as well as many others, produce an array of products to suit every style or occasion from everyday dining to formal galas.


Quick Facts

  • American revolutionary Paul Revere was known as one of the best silversmiths from the Golden Age of American silver in the 18th century
  • Sterling silver flatware is stamped with a maker’s mark, which generally identifies the producer, the year that it was manufactured, and other information about the object, which can help a collector assess its quality
  • In 2015, Christie’s sold a Georg Jensen sterling flatware set for more than $43,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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S. Kirk & Son. Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
S. Kirk & Son. Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$3912 Bids
Beautiful Vintage 12 place Setting Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Flatware
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Beautiful Vintage 12 place Setting Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Flatware
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$18512 Bids
11 Sterling Silver Forks With Figural Handles
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
11 Sterling Silver Forks With Figural Handles
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$2409 Bids
Durgin Sterling Silver Fairfax (89) Piece Flatware Set
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Durgin Sterling Silver Fairfax (89) Piece Flatware Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$2108 Bids
SET OF BUCCELLATI ESTEVAL STERLING
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
SET OF BUCCELLATI ESTEVAL STERLING
by Jackson's International
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$2,0008 Bids
STERLING SILVER SPOONS LOT 329
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
STERLING SILVER SPOONS LOT 329
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$448 Bids
Alvin Sterling Silver Chateau Rose (52) Piece Flatware Set
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
Alvin Sterling Silver Chateau Rose (52) Piece Flatware Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$3007 Bids
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LOT: 12 MESSERBÄNCKCHEN
Dec 12, 10:00 AM CET
LOT: 12 MESSERBÄNCKCHEN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF100- CHF160
CHF2007 Bids
9pc. Sterling Silver Cutlery & Candleholder
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
9pc. Sterling Silver Cutlery & Candleholder
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$706 Bids
Sterling Silver Server
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Server
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$216 Bids
International Sterling Silver Spring Glory (80) Piece Flatware Set
Dec 02, 10:00 AM EST
International Sterling Silver Spring Glory (80) Piece Flatware Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$5255 Bids
Elegant Vintage Grande Baroque Set of 8 Sterling Silver Soup Spoons
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Elegant Vintage Grande Baroque Set of 8 Sterling Silver Soup Spoons
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $5,000
$215 Bids
Group Of 24 Pieces Of Antique Sterling Flatware
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Group Of 24 Pieces Of Antique Sterling Flatware
by Ancient Objects
Est: $600- $1,200
$4005 Bids
Sterling Silver Group of Spoons
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Sterling Silver Group of Spoons
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$464 Bids
Elegant Vintage Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Carving Set
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Elegant Vintage Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Carving Set
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$224 Bids
Kirk & Son Partial STERLING SILVER Set of Flatware
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Kirk & Son Partial STERLING SILVER Set of Flatware
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$1004 Bids
Mexico Sterling Silver Knife
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Mexico Sterling Silver Knife
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$94 Bids
800 Silver Cake Server
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
800 Silver Cake Server
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$164 Bids
3 Frigast Sterling Silver Denmark Forks
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
3 Frigast Sterling Silver Denmark Forks
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$214 Bids
10pc Rare Antique Sterling Silver Corn Eating Ears
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
10pc Rare Antique Sterling Silver Corn Eating Ears
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$404 Bids
6- PIECE LOT OF ASST. STERLING SILVER SERVING ITEMS
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
6- PIECE LOT OF ASST. STERLING SILVER SERVING ITEMS
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$204 Bids
Elegant Vintage Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Childs Fork and Spoon
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Elegant Vintage Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Childs Fork and Spoon
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$203 Bids
Elegant Vintage Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Meat Fork
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Elegant Vintage Grande Baroque Sterling Silver Meat Fork
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$323 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Flatware


Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

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Designer Homes of Central Florida

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Dannenberg