Where to Sell Silver Serving Trays

I have several large silver serving trays I would like to sell and also a tea set with silver over copper. Would they be of any value to melt down? From Ryan in Phoenix, Arizona

Hi Ryan,

Silver serving trays can be worth a fair amount of money melted down but you need to make sure your materials are in fact sterling. Silver tableware pieces that we will be able to refine are usually marked or hallmarked with one of the following markings:

  • Sterling
  • .925
  • 925/1000
  • .800
  • 800/1000
  • .900
  • 900/1000
  • S
  • SS

Find out more about where to sell silver for cash.

Markings on silverware can be located anywhere on the piece, but we see them most often on the backside close to the base of spoons, knives, and forks or on the back of the handle.

Because plated silver items have so little actual silver in them, they are not worth refining, consequently the tea set that you describe being copper and plated with silver will not be valuable to a precious metal refiner melted down. You may have more luck selling it online or checking with a local antique dealer.

If you are unsure about if your items are sterling silver or plated, watch this video that describes how to determine is a silver tray is sterling or plated.

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4 Responses to “Where to Sell Silver Serving Trays”

  1. dan dailey says:

    i have a tea set 1883 rogers silver plated. is it worth much?

  2. admin says:

    Greetings @Dan. Unfortunately because your set is plated, we cannot offer a return based on the siver content. However, Rogers Bros tea sets can often fetch a good return for the resell value, if you find the right collector. Wiki answers might have some help for you too: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_value_of_an_1883_FB_Rogers_Silver_Co_tea_set

  3. mark says:

    what price would silver have to be to for quadruple plated silverware being melted down to be profitable or applicable?

  4. admin says:

    Hi @Mark. Plated silverware has extremely trace amounts of actual silver. In most cases it will take more time and energy to remove the silver than the silver is actually worth. We recommend trying to find a collector or eBay may be a better option for you.

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