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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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Sterling Silver Grape Design Serving Fork & Spoon
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Grape Design Serving Fork & Spoon
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$7516 Bids
Vintage International Sterling Flatware Set
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage International Sterling Flatware Set
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$6015 Bids
INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO. STERLING FLATWARE SET 41.3
Feb 25, 3:00 PM PST
INTERNATIONAL SILVER CO. STERLING FLATWARE SET 41.3
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $800- $1,000
$3759 Bids
Pair Of Sterling Silver Forks
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Of Sterling Silver Forks
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$419 Bids
Sterling Silver Server
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Server
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$467 Bids
Frigast Sterling Silver Denmark Carving Set
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Frigast Sterling Silver Denmark Carving Set
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$217 Bids
Alvin Chateau Rose Sterling Silver Flatware Set
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Alvin Chateau Rose Sterling Silver Flatware Set
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$2507 Bids
Durgin Sterling Silver Fairfax 92 Piece Flatware Set
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Durgin Sterling Silver Fairfax 92 Piece Flatware Set
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$506 Bids
STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET WITH CASE
Feb 26, 6:00 PM PST
STERLING SILVER FLATWARE SET WITH CASE
by O'Gallerie
Est: $600- $800
$7006 Bids
5 STERLING SILVER PIECES INCL MEDICINE SPOON
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
5 STERLING SILVER PIECES INCL MEDICINE SPOON
by Cordier Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $20- $30
$504 Bids
Sterling Silver Salt Spoon
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Salt Spoon
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$64 Bids
4 Sterling Silver Spoons
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
4 Sterling Silver Spoons
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$294 Bids
Vintage Sterling Handle Wooden Spoons
Feb 27, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Sterling Handle Wooden Spoons
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$64 Bids
Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$474 Bids
Sterling Silver Serving Fork
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Serving Fork
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$234 Bids
Large Collection of Sterling Silver Pcs
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Large Collection of Sterling Silver Pcs
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $350
$603 Bids
Six (6) Repousse by Kirk and Son, Sterling Demitasse Spoons
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Six (6) Repousse by Kirk and Son, Sterling Demitasse Spoons
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$303 Bids
An extensive Italian sterling silver Quirinale flatware service, Buccellati, Milan, late 20th/early 21st century
Feb 28, 10:00 AM PST
An extensive Italian sterling silver Quirinale flatware service, Buccellati, Milan, late 20th/early 21st century
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$13,0003 Bids
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A Tuttle "Onslow" sterling silver flatware service
Feb 27, 12:00 PM PST
A Tuttle "Onslow" sterling silver flatware service
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,6003 Bids
Collection Of Assorted Sterling Silver Flatware (25)
Feb 26, 7:00 PM EST
Collection Of Assorted Sterling Silver Flatware (25)
by Kensington Estate Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1303 Bids
Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Serving Spoon
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$363 Bids
Sterling silver flatware
Feb 28, 9:00 AM EST
Sterling silver flatware
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$6503 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Sterling Silver Flatware


Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Veilinghuis Van Spengen

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen

Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC

Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers