have some sort of name, date, or inscription, ‘To Aunt Bessie from Uncle Fred,’”
says Cherner. “And they’re an approachable
amount of money, about $200 to $300 for a
really nice 19th-century figural napkin ring.”
Although often made in sets of 12, Cherner
says buying individual rings for an assorted
collection can be far more interesting.
Silver candlesticks are highly collectible
as well, whether purchased individually, in
pairs, or sets of four, with a premium paid for
a set of four or more. “A pair of candlesticks
always costs 25 to 30 percent of a set of four,”
interesting shapes for antique sterling silver
pieces include small trophies or treasures like
these mint julep cups that Boston interior designer
Gerald Pomeroy inherited from a relative who was
a horse breeder.
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large serving spoons: Expect
to pay $150 to $250 each for
sterling silver examples from the
late 1800s and early 1900s.
sugar tongs: A nice set of circa
1900 sterling tongs can be had
for less than $100.
cold meat fork: Nice, large
late 19th-century examples in
sterling are going for $200 and
up. You’ll want three or four of
them for dinner entertaining.
salad set: The larger, the better,
with a 12-inch set preferred;
prices start at $200 for an antique
sterling set from the late 1800s.
napkin ring: Buy one or many;
mismatched is fun. Prices are
$200 to $300 for a single
19th-century sterling figural
nut spoon: A nice gift to bring
your favorite hostess this holiday
season is an antique sterling
silver slotted nut spoon. They are
priced at $50 to $75.
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It was a pair of neoclassical candle-
sticks in a shop in Antwerp, Belgium, that
first sparked Boston interior designer Gerald
Pomeroy’s passion for silver. “I was drawn
to the form and the clean lines, and the can-
dlesticks were stunning when polished,” says
Pomeroy, who favors collecting candlesticks
in singles or uneven numbers in different sizes.
“The connecting thread is the silver and the
variations make for an interesting display.”
Rather than flatware or platters, Pome-
roy looks for sterling in interesting shapes to
mix with other objects. A set of antique ster-
ling mint julep cups he inherited is one of his
favorite collections. “They are wonderful with
a spray of flowers in each, distributed around
the table instead of a centerpiece,” he says.
Small silver bowls are similarly versatile and collectible and can provide even the
beginning collector a chance to own a work by
a renowned craftsman such as Arthur Stone.
Considered a preeminent Arts and Crafts silversmith, Stone worked in Gardner, Massachusetts, in the early 1900s and is known for
his intricate chasing of floral motifs and the
high quality of his workmanship. Although
Stone’s pieces are in museums and considered rare, a simple bowl can be found for less
But beauty, shimmer, and the magical
effect of silver and candlelight notwithstand-
ing, Robert Walsh says New Englanders are
rarely so smitten that they lose their prac-
ticality. “They are frugal, and
they also don’t like to polish sil-
ver. At some point, they simply
become interested in pewter.”
says David Firestone, president of Boston’s
Firestone and Parson Jewelers and an author-
ity on silver. In addition to candlesticks,
collectors may be drawn to Old Sheffield
pieces, which are plated silver over copper.
“It’s an antique form of silver plate that was
practiced until 1835, when it was replaced by
electroplate,” says Firestone, adding many
Old Sheffield pieces have beautiful designs
based on sterling originals. While a pair of
antique sterling candlesticks may start at
$1,200, plated versions are closer to $400.