This is helpful for a stamped piece, but what if your object doesn’t have any hallmarks? Now it’s really time to be a detective. If you can’t find a hallmark, ask yourself a few questions: Is this a well-made, high-quality item? It is a beautiful object that was meant to last for generations? Or, are you looking at something that was mass-produced for the consumer market? It is possible you have a reproduction? You will see evidence of workmanship, care, and quality on a valuable piece of silver. I know it sounds a little corny, but I can feel the quality of an object when I hold it.
If you have used all of your detective skills, researched the entire internet, and still can’t find answers, it’s time to consult an expert. There are many rare and valuable pieces of silver from Europe, India, and Asia. Many of these are not signed or marked in an easy to read format. A good silver appraiser can help you identify your silver and find out what it is worth.