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This is sterling silverware that was passed down to me by my grandmother.

My grandmother died when I was 12 years old.  Before she died, my grandmother gave the silverware to my mother and told her to give it to me when I got older.  I feel very touched that she was thinking of me when I was so young.

I am thinking of selling the silverware because it is sterling silver and I have student loans to pay off... also, I don't really need to eat with real silver, right?  They have been tucked away in a bag ever since my grandmother died, and probably for a long time before that...

The "F" stands for Fleming, which is not my last name, but it was the last name of my grandmother's ancestors.  I believe these pieces of silverware are either 109 or 209 years old because the back says they were patented in '05, but not which century...  I was led to believe they are quite old so I am optimistic that it's 209 because it would make them worth more when I try selling them (>.<)

She also handed down a set of 6 forks with a different pattern on the handles... I am thinking of keeping the 6 forks from the other pattern so that I keep at least part of our heirloom silverware to pass down myself.  Not sure yet.
LeeKeegan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's crazy to think of silverware that's in the hundreds of years old. I've only had my cutlery for a couple of years now and they're all bent from times I've gotten impatient and used 'em to open a jar or something.
moldypotatoes Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah, failed to mention, the OTHER set of silverware is from 1909, and not solid sterling but merely silver plated.  THOSE forks are only $2 each?!  Seriously you can't hardly buy new silverware for that price.  I will definitely not be selling those lol.
moldypotatoes Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Turned out the set in the photo is from 1905.  They run between 10 and 25 dollars each, I guess.  I have enough to make a few hundred dollars but I'm not sure if I'm willing to sell them yet.  I kind of thought they would be more valuable since they are sterling silver.

Lol I got silverware in the fall and mine's fine.  You shouldn't use silverware to open a jar.  Pro tip... if you take a jar out of the fridge and it won't open, you should run the seal under hot water from the sink.  Then it will usually open without too much struggling.
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