Guardian Gold Logo A Recent Sale of a Silver Cutlery Set

People bring their silver sets to us for different reasons. Many people inherit their cutlery and then find they have no use for them. Some lucky people find sets at garage sales or auctions for a bargain and are looking to realize a profit. Some people end up with incomplete sets as, over the years, pieces have been lost and clients opt to sell rather than try to complete them. Other clients no longer entertain as much or simply have a more critical use for the cash that the sale of a set of silver cutlery can bring. 

Silver cutlery set in velvet lined box beside jumble of same cutlery pattern
Silver cutlery inside velvet-lined box

In the case of the included photos, a client brought a full silver cutlery set in a wooden case to determine its value. While they may not seem commonplace these days, silver sets are items that Guardian International Gold purchases regularly. The process of its valuation is as follows: 

  1. The first thing we do is to make sure they are silver. We do this by looking for certain hallmarks on the items.  
  1. After determining that the set is sterling silver, we separate the forks and spoons to get their total weight. In this example, the weight of the forks and spoons was 2340 grams or about 69.5 oz.  
Close up of serving and sharpener pieces of a boxed cutlery set
Close up of serving and sharpener pieces of a boxed cutlery set
  1. The next step is to separate the knives into small and large knives because only the handles are silver. In this example, there were 10 small knives and 16 large knives. The ounce for purchase then calculates to 2.5 oz for the small knives, because we buy them at a quarter of an oz (10 x .25) and 5.32 oz for the large knives because we buy them at a third of an oz (16 x .333).  
  1. We can now add up the total oz of the complete set. 69.5 + 2.5 + 5.32 for a total of 77.32oz. We were paying CAD 29.67 per oz at the time of purchase, so the Client received $2,294.08.  
An assortment of silver cutlery jumbled together
A jumble of silver cutlery from the same set

5. And what about that beautiful velvet-lined box? Well, unfortunately, there is not a large market for boxes such as these. When you sell a silver cutlery set for scrap, the box doesn’t make a difference to the payout as the contents are going to be turned into bars. There will be nothing left to keep in the box! So if you like the box, you might as well keep it. At the same time don’t feel obligated to remove the silverware from the box: if you bring in your silverware with it, we can dispose of it for you.

This particular purchase ended the way so many do – The client was happy with their payout! The set was subsequently combined with other scrap silver and refined into pure silver.

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