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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at I also author a blog at and write articles about silver at ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

Experience in the area

Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, Sterling silver writer for

Publications;; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (


BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

What do you like about this subject?

Of course, I enjoy buying and selling sterling pieces. But I also enjoy the lasting beauty of the pieces.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I learn something new with every piece I touch. Since they are all previously owned, each piece has its own unique character.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Are newer pieces inferior to older pieces of the same pattern from the same manufacturer? If so, have corporate buyouts been the culprits. Selling your sterling pieces for scrap.

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Recent Answers from Jim Stringer

2016-10-13 Flatware:

Hi.    Look at the "Violet" pattern on this page:     That's the closet pattern I've found. You may also find this pattern listed under Oneida

2016-10-11 King Edwards silverware set:

Hello.    More often than not, the chest is not the same as the brand of the flatware. I need to see a picture of what's on the back of a fork or spoon as well as a picture of the front of a fork or spoon

2016-10-10 Flatware:

Hello.    I am not familiar with "R. B. Rogers". Could it be "F. B. Rogers"? Since the word, "Sterling", does not appear on the backs of pieces like forks and spoons, this set is most likely made of silver

2016-09-28 BB&B Co Spoons:

Hello.    The three little marks above the word, "Sterling", appear to be those of Gorham Co. used before around 1950. The pattern appears to be "Luxembourg". I imagine the "BB&B" represents Bailey, Banks

2016-09-11 Reed & Barton Flatware:

Hello.    This looks like the Reed & Barton English Crown pattern. It is made of silver plate. "Mirrorstele" is Reed & Barton's trade name for stainless steel used for the knife blades.    An individual


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