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A Beginner’s Guide To Selling Silver Wine Coasters

Are you looking to find out what your silver wine coasters are worth, and how best to sell them? At Mark Littler Ltd we can help you understand what affects the value of your silver wine coasters, provide you with a valuation, and advise on how best to sell them.

Silver wine coasters have been made since the late 18th century, and normally come in multiples of two. Silver wine coasters were originally designed for the upper classes of society and whilst they are not often used for their original purpose, silver wine coasters are collected for their historical and decorative appeal. As with any antique or collectible item, the value of silver wine coasters can vary greatly depending on a number of factors.

 

The first factor that affects the value of silver wine coasters is their age. The older the coaster, the more valuable it may be. This is because rarity adds to the appeal and demand for an item. Silver wine coasters from the 18th and 19th century are highly sought after by collectors, as they hold a significant historical significance and often feature intricate designs and engravings.

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What Is Your Silver Worth?

How To Sell: Auction or Private Sale?

Mark Littler Ltd. is one of the only independent advisers in the antique industry. We offer trusted, independent advice to help you sell your silver for the highest possible price.

Selling at an auction might provide your silver with greater exposure. However, with a combined average of 45% in gross buyers’ and sellers’ fees, this approach might prove to be a false economy.

Conversely, finding a private buyer for your silver through our services could net you 33% more than if you sold it via auction, as our fees are only 12%.

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Simply fill in your contact details below, and if you opt in to be contacted by third parties, you will receive automatic email introductions to both a leading silver auction expert and a trusted dealer with whom we have worked for over 20 years. The auction expert will provide an auction estimate and advice on how to sell with them, while the dealer will contact you directly with their offer if they are interested in your item.

By leveraging our extensive network and long-standing relationships, we ensure that your silver is presented to the right people, maximizing your chances of achieving the best possible price.

Silver Valuation Tips

To get the most accurate valuation of your silver simply ensure you provide the following information:

  1. What condition is your silver in? Let us know if there are and dents or heavy scratches in the silver.
  2. How heavy is your item?  Please provide a measurement in grams if you can as this helps us determine the gauge of the silver.  For instance a silver teapot can weigh as much as 1,000g or as little as 250g.  Outwardly the design may look identical but the gauge of the silver is much heavier.  This is important as items made from a better gauge of silver were often made by better makers for the upper classes, and as such will have a big impact on the value.
  3. PROVENANCE! Who owned your item before you did?  Is there an interesting presentation inscription on your item that might shine light into it’s former life?

Important Note: this is a valuation service and not a hallmark identification service.  Please see this page to learn how to read your hallmarks.

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    What Affects The Value Of Your Silver Wine Coasters?

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    Size Of Set

    Wine coasters are nearly always found in multiples of two, although it is rare to find sets larger than four.

    The larger sets do command a premium although remember to check that both the design and hallmarks match across the set.

    Single coasters are much less commercial and often achieve only 15-25% of  the price of a pair.  

     

    How much is my silver wine coaster worth

    Coat of Arms

    Given that wine was once most commonly consumed by the upper tiers of society, it was common to have your coat of arms or crest engraved on your silver wine coasters. 

    If the engraving of the coat of arms is period with the item then this will often enhance the value.  Coats of arms belonging to prominent families, or even royalty, will enhance the value of your silver wine coasters greatly.

    Silver wine coasters value

    Condition

    Clearly the condition of your wine coasters will have an impact on the value.

    Dents, bruises and splits are all obvious forms of damage that will impact the value.

    Quite often on wine coasters you may find that the wooden base has been replaced. This doesn’t always reduce the value but the standard of the replacement must be considered.

    Do not worry about cleaning your wine coasters.  In some cases you can reduce the value of wine coasters by cleaning them. 

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    Silver wine coasters worth

    Age

    We have been applying hallmarks to silver since the 14th century and as such they are the oldest form of consumer protection in the world.  

    Silver wine coasters have been made from around the 18th Century and the earlier pieces often command a higher price.  

    However, the older the wine coaster, the more likely that there will have been repairs over the years.  As such it is a combination of both the age and the condition that will have a real impact on the value of your wine coaster.

     

    Silver wine coasters valuation

    Silver or Plate

    To put it bluntly, sterling silver items were made for the middle and upper classes.  Silver plate was an invention aimed at making ‘silver’ style items available to the masses.  

    If you see the letters EPNS or A1 on your wine coasters then they are silver plated.  Your wine coasters will need to be hallmarked and carry very specific marks in order to be legally called silver.

    As silver plate was made for the mass market many items of silver plate do not have any value.

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    Weight

    The weight of your wine coasters will help us to understand the quality of your silver.  But how?

    Silversmiths like Paul Storr produced many items to the same design, but depending on the wealth of their client they would adjust the amount of silver that they would use for the commission.

    As such wine coasters may be 500g or they might be 1,300g.  Without being able to handle your items in person, providing the weight will give us a very good idea of the gauge of the silver used and thus we will be able to give you a very good idea of the value.