When you have an antique silver tea set, the first thing that comes into your mind is its value. First of all you must know the difference between an antique silver tea set and a silver plated tea set. In addition, you also need to have some more information before selling your silver tea set. Before approaching a silver dealer you need to have some knowledge of the piece you have. In short you must be able to assess the silver tea set’s value yourself. Whether you sell it in a local store or online, ensure that you must get the true value of it.
Selling your Silver Tea Set Online
Most of the time antique silver tea sets are heirlooms which have sentimental value more than the monetary value. You must approach a trustworthy buyer or dealer for the appraisal of your silver and if you are selling it online, check the reviews as well as all the important information regarding the dealer. The dealer should be an authorized one. The silver tea set buyers must determine the value of the silver tea set by confirming all the facts so that you get the true value of it. The factors that are going to decide the value of your tea set are desirability and uniqueness of design, quality, manufacturer and history.
Buying Antique Silver Tea Set
A silver tea set buyer must understand the history behind it before buying. You must know why silver tea sets are so valuable and classy. The trend of tea sets started in China during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC). Those tea sets were made of blue porcelain and the set did not include the sugar bowl and creamer which are essential in modern tea sets. There are a few factors which should be kept in mind while purchasing any silver tea set. Porcelain and glass tea set are not easy to handle while silver is not breakable and much easy to use. If taken care properly, they can be passed down generation by generation. Those who host tea parties frequently, silver tea sets are the best choice for them. Moreover, they are the status symbol.
A standard silver tea set includes a teapot, saucers, cups, creamer and sugar bowl. A formal set may have some additional pieces like a burner, kettle and coffee pot. A genuine silver tea set is always expensive. An antique silver tea set’s price is higher because of its polished age and the amount of silver used are the determiners of its price.
You can check the price of silver per ounce online or checking the current stock exchange will give you an idea about the accurate price.