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Sterling pieces can be some of the most beautiful pieces of artwork for the antique collector, but there are several things that you should know about collecting silver, and particularly sterling silver before diving-in.
Here are some pointers that should help you get started.
1) Avoid pieces that have been cleaned with harsh chemicals or have a "white" appearance.
2) The best pieces will have no marks or dents, and will have the original decoration with the correct set of marks.