Where to sell gold plated flatware?

I have a 51 piece 24K gold plated flatware set that is supposed to contain 63 pieces (I’m missing 12 salad forks.) If it were a full set, it’s only going for about $50 on E-Bay. It is not marked 24K, but the certificate included with the set states they guarantee it to be so. So let’s just assume this to be true. Would I be better off to sell this online for $40 or $50 or sell it as gold scrap? Thanks. – Mark in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Gold Plated Flatware

Hi Mark:

Unfortunately, plated gold flatware typically only contains a microscopic layer of gold. In most cases, the flatware is plated so thinly that it costs more in energy and time to remove the gold than the gold is worth. Therefore, most precious metal refiners cannot offer payment for gold plated items.

However, the value of your flatware depends greatly on the metal underneath the gold plating. In some cases, manufacturers plated the gold over sterling silver. If your set is gold on sterling silver, the set should be worth more than $50.00 for the silver value (market price of silver and weight depending). If they are gold plate on stainless or copper or another base metal you are best to sell them on ebay.

To give you a feel for the melt value, we buy sterling silver by weight and pay around $175 a pound at this time.* If you want to determine what metal is under the gold plating, you can send us one piece to test in our XRF analytical lab to determine if it is silver underneath the gold or you might be able to dig up some information by calling/writing the manufacturer.

You can see how the XRF machine works Arch Enterprises Video Site.

* Price reflects the price of silver when this blog article was published and my not reflect the current price of silver, which changes daily.

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23 Responses to “Where to sell gold plated flatware?”

  1. Connie says:

    I have this dinner ware that is gold looking. It has a red wood handle and on top is a goddess looking figure and under this figure the word siam.
    thank you

  2. admin says:

    Hi Connie,

    Is this goddess looking figure silver or gold? Do you see any markings on the silverware such as 925, sterling or SS? These would indicate that they are made with sterling silver and we could refine.

    It sounds like you may have gold plated flatware. And unfortunately, like the response we gave above to Mark we cannot return payment on gold plated items unless what is under the gold plate is sterling silver.

    Hope this helps. Thanks!

  3. Grace Nelson says:

    I had a similiar inquiry about the value of gold silver flatware. Your information was very helpful in making a decision to what to do with such flatware. I am worthy to take food off the pieces! I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but in my adulthood I deserve the finery,until I need the cash!

  4. jaron says:

    i have a 24k gold plated precious bill elliott 1989 /1999. how much can i get?

  5. Julie Curran says:

    My uncle recently passed away and left us 6 place settings (7 pieces in each place setting plus ice teaspoons) of gold flatware. We also have 6 steak knives. On the box it just says, SCC in an old English font. Each piece has a mark that is a two sided inverted “V” with an “S” in the middle. My uncle spent a lot of time in Japan after WWII.

  6. Steve Clewell says:

    I have 5 Gold bars that are 1 ounce .999 500mg fine plated gold over silver and copper. I also have 1 gram of raw placer gold from a claim in a nearby stream. Where do I sell these. What are they worth.

  7. diane says:

    I have a gold flatware set new, never used(still sealed in plastic) in the box that was inherited from my grandmother. It is from W M Rogers and Sons china. I cant find anything out about it on their website. how much do you think it might be worth?

  8. admin says:


    For those of you that have gold PLATED silverware, the gold plate does not have value to a precious metal refiner. However, it is the metal UNDER the plate that may have value. If it is sterling silver under the plate than a precious metal refiner may be your best way to go. If it is copper or some other non-precious metal than you may get some return back from a scrap metal dealer.

    Diane – I am guessing that your “gold flatware” is only gold plate. Since it is in new condition, you may be able to resell it for its inherent value, and NOT its precious metal value.

  9. emma says:

    We have a set of Alpaca Gallo gold plated flatware. The flateware consists of small pieces with some sort of carving in black on the handles. Is this worth anything?

  10. admin says:

    Greetings @Emma. Gold plated flatware often has very little value, so if these pieces provide sentimental value to you, it may be worth holding on to. That being said, it sounds like your flatware has quite a bit of character so a collector may find them particularly attractive. Good luck!

  11. Michele says:

    I have Golden Cutlery flatware from The Plaza Hotel in NY from the 70’s. How do I find out what it is worth or if it is real gold or just gold plated?

  12. pam mashtare says:

    Hi, i have 2 sets of silverware one gold plated, and the other silver , silver still in box an i am wondering if there is any place here in spokane wa i can sell it???

  13. georgina says:

    hi my sister as a 50 piece gold plated cutlery set all complete in own original box how much you recommend to sell it made in thailand

  14. Sarah DEWEESE says:

    do you buy silver

  15. admin says:

    Hi @Sarah Deweese. We most definitely buy certain silver items. Examples of the silver items we buy include but are not limited to, silver jewelry, gold jewelry, sterling silver flatware, silver serving sets, silver coins, x-ray films, and photographic film & paper. Find more information about our silver refining services here: http://www.archenterprises.com/silver-refining.html

  16. maricel says:

    hi..i have and old fork and spoon.Those fork and spoon have name alpaca. how much worth….

  17. admin says:

    Hi Maricel —

    After doing some digging Alpaca silver is also known as Nickel silver and is actually an alloy of a bunch of different metals, none of which are actual sterling silver. Here is some more information about Nickel Silver http://www.precious-metal-refining.info/what-is-nickel-silver/

    Because your items do not actually made of silver, we would not be able to refine.



  18. cynthia smith says:

    I have 6 gold plated (entire) dessert spoons. They are plated over sterling silver, bought in Germany. I have no idea of worth and would like to know what to polish them with that wouldn’t harm the pieces. The back of the spoon R&B 90.

  19. admin says:

    Hi Cynthia! Unfortunately, we aren’t researchers or retailers and are not sure if your pieces are sterling silver or silver-plated. Since your pieces have only the number “90” stamped on them and no word such as “sterling” or the numbers “800”, “900”, or “925” stamped on them, that could very likely mean your items are silver-plated and not sterling. As a precious metals refiner, we only consider the weight and amount of silver or precious metal there is to refine. So, regrettably, you’d need to do a little more research to find out if it is sterling silver or not before sending it in to be refined. If you do find that your items contain silver, please fill out our Request form here http://www.archenterprises.com/contact-us.html with the weight. THANKS!

  20. Lynda says:

    I just purchased this gold-plated flatware set from I.S. CO. All I want to know is can I use them????? I love the gold tone and intend to “use them as our regular silverware, will they fade in time, what if any, is their life span if care is taken in cleaning them. Thanks

  21. admin says:

    Hi Lynda,

    Unfortunately that is not our area of expertise. I would try and consult the manufacturer about how to care for your set.

    Best – Arch

  22. jason says:

    My uncle brought my grandmother some gold ware from overseas in the 60’s . Someone told me that it was plated. I then checked one of the pieces and it was gold all the way through is this possible and how can I find out the value of this item

  23. admin says:

    Hi Jason,

    Thank you for visiting our blog! With any jewelry piece like what you describe, as precious metal refiners, we only will take in consideration the weight of the precious metal. Also to refine, we take apart the entire piece in order for it to go through the refining process. To get the best idea about the value of your watch we would take it apart to the point where you only have the gold pieces, so take out all of the watch mechanisms and any other metal that is not gold. Weigh just the gold that you have left then use our gold calculator with the daily price of gold.

    Then we would recommend that you contact us on our RFQ form here for a refining estimate!

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