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Vintage Metal Decor for Your Home

by Tyler Grossman 01/28/2019

Wanting to add some vintage metal to your décor? An aged silver-framed mirror, glossy wall plate, or glowing trio of candlesticks might be just the thing to pull it all together. Silver tableware adds an elegant touch to a party and a beautiful silver tray on the entry table is perfect to collect your mail.

Beautiful silver pieces of all kinds show up in vintage and antique stores to catch your eye. Sometimes the distraction of the shine hides its true self, so use these suggestions to help you find the real deal.

Silverplate versus sterling silver.

Silverplate, a thin layer of silver applied as a coated or electroplated over a base metal, was popular over the past couple centuries and allowed folk to obtain silver's elegant look at a lower price Sterling, on the other hand, is 92.5 percent pure silver.

Sterling silver holds its value and stands up to the rigors of aging much better than silver plate, which can wear through to the base metal and require re-plating to bring back its original beauty. Sterling silver lasts for generations when cared for properly.

How can you tell?

When shopping in antique malls, flea markets, and vintage stores, bring a small magnet with you. Sterling silver is not magnetic, and therefore, the more silver the object contains, the less likely your magnet sticks. When a magnet adheres, the likelihood of base metal under a silver coat is high. 

Look for silver marks too. In the United States, both sterling silver and silver plate usually bear identification markings. Sterling carries the numbers 925, meaning ninety-two and a half percent silver and just seven and a half percent of some other metal. English sterling, on the other hand, frequently shows the image of a lion along with markings specific to the city of origin, the year of crafting, and the king or queen in power at the time.

What should you pay?

Silver's value fluctuates based on the current metals market, so its price rises and falls frequently. Since markets post the price of silver daily, use this to your advantage as you bargain on the amount of your piece of sterling silver.

The price for plated silver depends more on the design and quality of the underlying piece and the amount of silver remaining in its surface. If you like the piece and it fits in your décor, then, by all means, offer the dealer a price befitting your budget.

About the Author

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Tyler Grossman

It's been an exciting decade working in the trenches of Marin Real estate!  Experiencing all the highs and lows of the always changing Marin market.  In fact, it can be different from street to street, week to week, and certainly for each and every home.  As a Marin native, I know the ins and outs of all the various neighborhoods, including schools, parks/trails, restaurants/shopping, transportation, and all the various aspects I need to know for our clients.  I feel so blessed to be able to raise my 2 children (Reed -7, Paige - 5) here with my wife Beth.  Although expensive, we know every day why it's worth it!

I partner with my mom Marti, who has over 30 years of experience in the business and has been very successful and highly respected.  Together we pool our experience, knowledge base, technical savvy, networking groups, and provide our clients with a true value of 2 for the price of 1.  Marti has excellent working and friendly relationships with all the older guard or agents, as i do with the more contemporary ones.  We are always leveraging our relationships to put our clients in the best positions.

Team Grossman has a long track record of sales success that we are happy to share with you.  We are as comfortable and committed to selling $250,000 co-op's to $2M estates.  We are 100% committed to our clients throughout the real estate relationship and beyond. We earn the trust and respect of our clients, who recognize that we are always willing to go above and beyond to provide the best service we can possible give, in order to make your real estate buying or selling needs come true. 

I have been in real estate since 2005, including every time of residential sale, including single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, income investment properties, bank owned properties (REOs) short sales, houseboats and land. Over the years, I have earned the trust and respect of my clients, and often made good new friends along the way.  I have been recognized by my company for various Sales Achievement and Client Service Awards throughout my career.

I ask that you meet with us to get to know us and how we run our business, and allow us to earn your business.  Thanks for that opportunity and can't wait to hear from you.

- Tyler