How Much Is Your Silverware Worth?
Silver cutlery set
Do you own any silver cutlery set? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide a free appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.
How to define a cutlery set (ménagère)?
The ménagère is a set of cutlery from the same decorative style. There are therefore a large number of models. These are usually gathered in a box. The basic cutlery set usually consists of 36 pieces of cutlery (forks, tablespoons, teaspoons and a ladle). This number can vary with the addition of knives with rounded ends, serving cutlery and dessert cutlery. The most complete cutlery sets can exceed 200 pieces. The housewife was the traditional wedding gift. It was reserved for the wealthy middle before being found in all walks of life.
Higher value for silver sets
The rise of the cutlery set took place in the 19th century, it was mainly made of silver before gradually becoming silver metal. Today, it is possible to find them in white metal or stainless steel, but with a lower value. To identify the material, it is possible to refer to the punches visible on the different pieces. For example, if Minerva’s head is represented in a rectangle and the jeweller’s mark in a diamond, it is highly likely that your cutlery is made of silver.
The most sought-after household brands for collectors
Several brands have specialised in the manufacture of housewives, including Christofle, Ercuis, Puiforcat and Odiot.
What price for a cutlery set?
Cutlery sets are quite common on the auction market. Prices may vary depending on the number of pieces, condition, design and brand. The most common cutlery has a spun pattern or a shell spatula. To sell your cutlery at the best price, we recommend taking good care of it. If the cutlery is silver, the price per gram will be accounted for in the estimate. The most sought-after pieces are those from the Art Deco period. It is preferable to sell complete sets rather than just parts.
How do we appraise your silver cutlery set?
Requesting an online valuation of your silverware is simple and entirely free of charge. You just need to complete our appraisal form with a brief description and some photos. This information will be sent directly to one of our silverware experts who will provide you with a price range and sales advice.
A team of experts and auctioneers
If you own a silver cutlery set, use our online form for a free appraisal.
You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent opinion of the market price. Should you wish to sell your painting, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available for selling at the best price.