Antiques buyers pay the most for sterling silver flatware sets, jewelry, tea sets and punchbowl sets by makers such as Tiffany, Buccellati and Georg Jensen. Buyers also pay high amounts for English silver by Paul Storr or Robert Garrard, European silver and silver pieces from the 18th century.
Buyers also value Chinese and Japanese silver featuring cherry blossoms, dragons or other artwork by makers such as Yokahama, Arthur and Bond or Wang Hing.
As of December 2015, some buyers purchase complete flatware sets for up to $5,500 and individual pieces for up to $750. Some antique buyers also purchase silver coins minted before 1964 for up to 2000 percent of a coin's face value. These coins typically are made of 90 percent silver.