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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

2016-12-05 sterling flatware set:

Hello.    Oneida acquired Heirloom through a series of acquisitions. So, you may find the Mansion House pattern under Oneida at various web sites. Here is a link to help you calculate possible value like

2016-12-05 sterling flatware sets:

Hello.    This looks like the "Lady Diana" pattern from Towle. I cannot quite make out the pattern of the little spoons. They might be Gorham "Chantilly" which was patented in 1895.    I cannot tell how

2016-12-03 Reed & Barton medallion Silver Plated.:

Hello.    I would clean it with a mild silver polish.    This Roman Medallion pattern was introduced in 1868, I believe. Based on recent sales, I estimate that an individual selling this pattern could

2016-12-03 h & s medallion:

Hello.    This appears to be the Medallion pattern introduced in 1867. Replacements Ltd is currently offering a fork like this for $90.00 each. This tells me that they are not very rare or the demand is

2016-12-03 h & s medallion:

Hello.    Tell me all the words and symbols you see on the back. Or send a picture.    Thanks.    Jim  


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