Sterling Silver: My Journey Toward That Which Shines

Silver: The Madness of the Moon

About ten years ago, after I had been in the business of buying and selling antiques and collectibles for awhile, I came across some items of Taxco Silver that I did not know much about.

I could tell that these silver items had value, but I didn’t know how much they were worth, so I stashed them away for a few more years.

Research Almost Always Pays Off:

It was while researching some other item on eBay, that I discovered that the Taxco Silver Statue I had put away was made by Matilde Poulat. I hadn’t known this, because this little statue only had the scratched in makers mark for Matl…

What On Earth Was Matl?

What I discovered was that the mark Matl = Matilde Poulat.

This was a very good thing to learn. With this knowledge I was then able to sell the statue for what I considered to be the astonishing sum of $1,500.00 – this was back in about 2004.

Today that Matl Blessed Virgin Mary is worth more in the range of $2,500.00 – $3,500.00.

Silver: A point of light in a night sky, or something more tangible?

Antonio Pineda: 

The other sterling silver item that I had was a bracelet by Antonio Pineda…not the one pictured above, but another one. We sold it for, if my memory serves me correctly about $1,600.00.

So buying and selling sterling silver started out as a business decision for me…it just made good sense to seek silver items out.

But Here’s What Happened

Our Taxco and Mexican Sterling Silver Page

I fell in love with sterling silver, its luster, all the shapes of it…the history of it: always wanting to learn by whom and how it was made.

I have become utterly fascinated with the story of silver.

This Silver Site: 

Is commercial no doubt, we have sterling silver that we are buying and selling here, but it’s also a testament to how much I respect all things sterling silver…to the forge or fire of its shapely expression.

Martin

2 Responses to Sterling Silver: My Journey Toward That Which Shines

  1. Victoria December 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Beautiful pieces ! thanks for sharing your research – I too love silver and had no idea how much silver pieces could fetch!

  2. Ster925 December 6, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    Hello Victoria,

    Thanks for the comment, and it is official…yours is my first comment on this site.

    Thanks for your support.

    I hope you find something valuable in the way of silver soon…

    Martin

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