I’m so excited to have found this forum. I’ve just purchased a large home full of antiques (historic bed and breakfast) and among them are some silver plate pieces (to the best of my knowledge but I’m researching). DH and I are looking to collect silver instead for use in the home when we entertain and of course as decor. I have MUCH to learn!! And am glad to have found this wonderful forum. I anticipate reading hours and hours of threads but before I do…I wanted to ask one simple (maybe) question about a piece I picked up at the goodwill…
I’d call it a compote. Yes I’ll post pics but need to read in debth about how to do so, but my question is simpler than that hopefully…it has an impressed mark in the base between the three feet (centered almost) that reads 1854. The piece is silver, not plate (at least I’m guessing that because it’s worn in the inside and it’s silver colored, not copper or gold). But aside from the numbers I don’t see any other hallmarks to lead me on a quest…unless I’m not looking in the right place. I see nothing on the inside, under the feet nor on the base aside from those numbers. Can you help this silly new collector at all or do you need to see it as well to give me more information? I don’t care about the value…I think it’s pretty and we tend to collect only the things we love but I’d like to learn as we collect.
I don’t expect we’ll collect from the goodwill LOL (unless I’m lucky) but also don’t want to start spending real money until we learn more.
Thanks so much!!