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  • Place size mark
    What does "P" inside a diamond shape on Gorham pieces mean?
    In several Gorham sterling flatware patterns, you might find the letter, "P", inside a diamond shape stamped on the back of a fork or printed on a knife blade. In some patterns, this might also appear on a salad fork. This is Gorham'...
  • Inside a hollow handle sterling silver knife
    Inside a hollow handle sterling silver knife
    The term, "hollow handle", poses a mystery for many. How can a sterling knife have a hollow handle and still weigh so much? The same is true for a silver plate knife.The accompanying slide show helps us "peel back" the mystery....
  • eBay Listing
    Buying sterling silver flatware on eBay, Part 3
    This is the third of three articles related to buying sterling flatware on eBay.Negotiating PriceIs it possible to negotiate price with eBay sellers? The answer generally is, "No", but it depends upon the seller and the format in which...
  • eBay Listing
    Buying sterling silver flatware on eBay, Part 2
    This is the second of three articles related to buying sterling flatware on eBay.Auction vs. fixed-price formatIf you've been searching for items on eBay, you probably realize that eBay has three basic forms for selling:Auction - This format...
  • eBay Listing
    Buying sterling silver flatware on eBay, Part 1
    This is the first of three articles related to buying sterling flatware on eBay.A Nearly "Pure" MarketplaceThe creation of eBay opened a single new market in which the forces of supply and demand operate on a worldwide basis. With...
  • eBay Advance Search
    Using actual sales of sterling silver on eBay to estimate value
    We receive comments such as this frequently, "My sterling flatware set must be worth $XYZ.00 because I've seen it listed on eBay for this amount." Listing on eBay and actually selling are two quite different things.To develop a true...
  • Olf Gorham marks
    What do "NM" and "OM" mean when discussing sterling silver flatware?
    Often in an ad for sterling silver, especially on eBay, you will see the terms "OM" or "NM" in a listing title. This is what they mean:OM means "old marks". You often see this when an old Gorham piece is being offered...
  • Salad fork
    Salad fork, dessert fork, fish fork, pastry fork or what??
    Look at the picture. What is it?Salad fork?Dessert fork?Fish fork?Pastry fork?The reason we ask the question is because we have seen forks like this listed as all the above descriptive names by sellers in their ads!Probably, most of us agree that...
  • Candelabra
    Why can't I sell my sterling candelabra for a higher price?
    We receive questions from time to time from people who want to know why they can't get more cash for their sterling candelabra and single candlesticks. After all, the pieces are marked, "Sterling"!One answer may be that the piece...
  • T Mark
    What do the letters, 'T', 'R', 'H', 'M' or 'E' mean on my Gorham flatware?
    We receive many questions regarding the "extra" marks found on the backs of some Gorham pieces. According to Gorham Customer Service, "Up until the 1980's, Gorham sterling was available in different weights:H - HeavyE - Extra...
  • Marks
    Sterling knife manufacturer's marks - a real pain!
    Sterling knife manufacturer's marks are a real pain!Sterling manufacturers have been placing "pseudo-hallmarks" on their pieces for a very long time. In the picture, you see an example of the mark used by Gorham before roughly 1950....
  • Knives
    Sterling knives
    In our last article, we talked about the various sizes of similar pieces such as forks and knives that might be available within a single sterling flatware pattern. This article builds on that topic, focusing just on knives.We receive questions...
  • Combined
    Luncheon, place, dinner - how many silver flatware pieces do I have to buy?
    Question: How many different sizes of forks are there in a single sterling flatware pattern?Answer: Possibly several!Maybe something like this has happened to you. On eBay, you find a listing that says "Gorham Buttercup Dinner Fork". You...
  • Assorted flatware
    Lousy listings on ebay for silver plate & sterling combinations
    There is a type of listing I see on eBay from time to time that I really hate. The listing will be described something like one I saw recently:"Vintage Mixed Silverware Set 40 pieces at least one is Sterling, R & B, Vintage"I feel...
  • Yukon Silver Flatware
    When "silver" is not really silver
    Recently, I've seen a flurry of items for sale on eBay that have names that would indicate some silver content but which have little or no silver metal actually in them. The picture accompanying this article is an example of a recent eBay item...
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