Antique Silver Price Guide

Illustration of antique sterling silver items

Illustration: The Spruce / Brooke Pelczynski

Sterling silver holds intrinsic value as a precious metal, but antique silver pieces can be even more valuable than their silver content would indicate.

This added value depends on the craftsmanship, maker and desirability of the piece offered for sale, along with the venue where an item is sold. With more and more antique silver pieces being destroyed for their scrap value, the price of pieces that survive will continue to rise.

For information on researching sterling silver marks and patterns, click here. Additionally, for jewelry values, visit the Silver Jewelry Price Guide.

Gorham Sterling Silver Martelé Art Nouveau Water Pitcher

Art Nouveau flowers, leaves and butterfly decor. Bears company trademarks, 8992, and Spaulding & Co. retail mark. Lightly used. Height: 9-1/2" weight: 33.5 oz.

Selling price: $27,000 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Gorham Silver Martelé Art Nouveau Water Pitcher
Ca. 1899 Gorham Silver Martelé Art Nouveau Water Pitcher. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

Gorham Sterling Silver Cherub Table Bell

Cast scrolled handle with flower heads beneath cherub like bust. Height: 3" tall. Weight: 2.4 oz. Condition: excellent.

Selling price: $240 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Gorham Sterling Silver Cherub Table Bell
Ca. 1897 Gorham Sterling Silver Cherub Table Bell. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

Victorian Sterling Silver Calling Card Case with Chain

Made of hallmarked sterling silver. Depicts two children playing musical instruments. Condition: excellent. Size: 3 1/2" tall.

Selling price: $330 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Victorian Sterling Silver Calling Card Case with Chain
Ca. Late 1800s Victorian Sterling Silver Calling Card Case with Chain. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

Pair of Tiffany Sterling Silver Bowls with Liners

Seaweed, Triton, mermaids and seahorses on extensively chased and embossed bowls with inscriptions inside. Weight: 80 oz. each. Size: 12 1/2".

Selling price: $134,400 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Pair of Tiffany Sterling Silver Bowls with Liners
Ca. 1882 Pair of Tiffany Sterling Silver Bowls with Liners. pair, tiffany, sterling, silver, bowls, liners

Whiting Ivory Handled Sterling Silver Asparagus Server

Marked underneath with model number 2888. Overall good condition with very little wear to gilding; some loss to blacking in initials in the ivory handle. Length: 10 1/2".

Selling price: $840 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Whiting Ivory Handled Sterling Silver Asparagus Server
Ca. 1889 Whiting Ivory Handled Sterling Silver Asparagus Server. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

Austrian Sterling Silver Stamp Box

Excellent condition with strong hinge. Size: 3" tall.

Selling price: $390 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Austrian Sterling Silver Stamp Box
Austrian Sterling Silver Stamp Box. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

Sterling Silver Cigarette Case with Nude Enameling

Marked "935". Depicts nude woman getting into a bathtub with her reflection in the mirror. Touch up repair on enameling on the bottom. Size: 3 1/2" long.

Selling price: $1,800 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Sterling Silver Cigarette Case with Nude Enameling
Sterling Silver Cigarette Case with Nude Enameling. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

Gorham Sterling Silver Martelé Round Bowl

Strawberry and leaves decor on low foot. Marked with trademarks, 950-1000 FINE, and Spaulding & Co. retailer mark. Light wear. Weight: 26 oz. Size: 8 3/4".

Selling price: $6,600 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Gorham Sterling Silver Martelé Round Bowl
Ca. 1900 Gorham Sterling Silver Martelé Round Bowl. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

Victorian Enameled Calling Card Case

Rare sterling silver and enamel detailing with bees, flowers, and dragonflies. Minor dent to bottom of case. Sold with original box. Size: 3 1/2" tall.

Selling price: $4,200 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

Victorian Enameled Calling Card Case
Ca. Late 1800s Victorian Enameled Calling Card Case. Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

Gorham Revere Silver Bowl & Candlesticks

Includes sterling bowl with a pair of Gorham weighted candlesticks. Condition: very good. Weight: 25.1 troy ounces. Size: Bowl 9" in diameter.

Value: $351 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09)

Gorham Revere Silver Bowl & Candlesticks. - Morphy Auctions

Silver Redlich American Bowl

Grape leaf with a shaped edge and textured finish. Condition: excellent. Weight: 23.8 troy ounces. Size 8 1/4" tall.

Value: $468 (Morphy Auctions - 12/09); $702 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09)

Ca. 1900 Silver Redlich American Bowl. - Morphy Auctions

James, Dixon, & Sons Pierced Dish by Sheffield

English canoe-shaped pierced dish with floral scrolls. Condition: excellent. Weight: 9.2 troy ounces. Size: 8 1/4" long.

Value: $263.25 (Morphy Auction - 8/09)

Ca. 1912 James, Dixon, & Sons Pierced Dish by Sheffield. - Morphy Auctions

W&H Sterling Serving Spoons

Made by Wood & Hughes in New York. Marked "W&H STERLING." Includes red plush fitted case. Condition: excellent. Weight: 5 troy ounces. Size: 8 1/2" long.

Value: $351 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09)

Ca. 1880 W&H Sterling Serving Spoons. - Morphy Auctions

Tiffany & Company Ice Bucket

By John Chandler Moore. Marked: "TIFFANY & COMPANY/ 749/ ENGLISH STERLING/ 925-1000/4210/ 550 BROADWAY." Condition: good. Size: 10 1/8" in diameter.

Value: $4,387.50 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09)

Ca. 1850 Tiffany & Company Ice Bucket. - Morphy Auctions

Sterling Silver Food Warmer

Condition: excellent. Weight: 19.5 troy ounces. Size: 7" x 6 1/2".

Value: $204.75 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09)

Sterling Silver Food Warmer. - Morphy Auctions

Silver Austrian M & K Charger

Made in Vienna. Molded edge around a slightly dish-shaped center. Marked under edge. Condition: very good. Weight: 35.3 troy ounces. Size: 13 5/8" in diameter.

Value: $409.50 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09)

Ca. 1844 Silver Austrian M & K Charger. - Morphy Auctions

Silver Ivory Faced Knight Figurine

German origin. Detailed with sword and shield. Condition: excellent. Weight: 16 troy ounces. Size: 8 1/2" tall.

Value: $1,638 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09)

Silver Ivory Faced Knight Figurine. - Morphy Auctions

Gorham Silver Bowl

Shaped edge and border with molded scrolls around a plain center. Condition: very good. Weight: 26.8 troy ounces. Size: 12 5/8" in diameter.

Value: $351 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09)

Gorham Sterling Silver Bowl
Gorham Silver Bowl. - Morphy Auctions

Silver Whiting Bread Plates Set of 12

Shaped edge, scrolls, and shaped edges around monogram. Condition: very good. Weight: 41.4 troy ounces. Size: 6" in diameter.

Value: $585 (Morphy Auctions - 8/09)

Silver Whiting Bread Plates. - Morphy Auctions