Oneida Antique Silver



2015-06-26 10:42:48

Oneida Antique Silverware is collectible silver tableware produced by the American manufacturer Oneida.

Brief History

Oneida, one of today’s top makers of silver tableware, is renowned for its classic and modern tableware collections. Oneida originally started out as a religious commune in New York. Founded by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848, Oneida’s first ventures included straw hat making, silk sewing, fruit and vegetable canning. Later on they went into producing silver knives, forks and spoons. The group was renamed to Oneida Community Ltd. in 1879 when it became a full-fledged enterprise.

During the early 1900s, some of the community’s non-silverware businesses such as silk sewing and food canning were discontinued due to the competition posed by large enterprises that used more advanced machineries and equipment. By 1925, Oneida was exclusively producing silverware products.

Today, Oneida silverware is known the world over for its craftsmanship, quality and beauty. Apart from the US, the company also has presence in several major overseas markets such as Australia, Mexico, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Collecting Antique Oneida Silverware

Although the value of raw silver is inherently high, antique silverware is more than just the silver content of a piece. Collectors also place value on craftsmanship, age, as well as the stories behind a particular item. Just like most vintage silverware, research is necessary in order to secure good deals for antique Oneida silverware products.

Date of manufacture, design pattern, condition and model are among the factors that influence the value of a vintage Oneida piece. Online auction sites can provide good leads when trying to estimate the price of a particular Oneida item.

When trying to identify the patterns and markings in an Oneida silverware piece, it is best to consult Oneida guidebooks and catalogs. Oneida patterns are for the most part unique, while their markings are typically engraved at the back of silver pieces. One can refer to the Pattern Finder/Identifier section in Oneida’s website when identifying old and discontinued items.

Notable Auction Sales

Below are some notable auction sales for Oneida Silverware:

1.) A set of Oneida Sterling Flatware that included 12 knives, 12 soup spoons, 11 small forks, 11 large forks, 24 teaspoons, 4 serving pieces was sold for $2500 at a May 2001 auction hosted by Clarke Auctions.

2.) A set of Oneida Sterling Service for 12 that comprised of 12 dessert forks, 12 dinner forks, 12 knives, 12 soup spoons, 14 teaspoons, 3 serving spoons, a 5" ladle, a flat handle butter server, a 3-tine folk and a cold meat fork was bought at Butterscotch Auctions for $2300 in September 2011.

3.) A mid 20th century Oneida “Afterglow” Flatware Service set that included 22 dinner forks, 19 dessert / salad forks, 22 teaspoons, 23 bouillon spoons, 20 dinner knives, 13 iced tea spoons, 23 butter spreaders, 7 tablespoons, 10 cocktail forks, 1 master butter knife , 1 sugar scoop, 1 small ladle, 1 buffet fork, 2 flat pastry servers, a 2 piece poultry carving set, and an anti-tarnish canteen was purchased for $2250 at an auction organized by John Moran Auctioneers, Inc in July 2008.

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