Holloware, otherwise known as hollowware and hollow ware, is any item that is not flatware. Holloware includes all different types of tableware items and silverware items. These items include: candlesticks, teapots, coffee pots, creamer sets, pitchers, platters, etc.

Most silver holloware items are made of 925 sterling silver. This type of silver is the most common for American pieces because it's durable and yet it still has a high purity. Sterling silver items will usually have markings that indicate that they are sterling silver. The markings will appear as "925", "sterling", "ster", or some variation.

Some holloware items are silver plated. Silver plated items will not have much value. If you're wondering whether or not your item is silver then refer to our guide on how to test silver.

Silver Compote Dish


There are different factors that go into the value of a specific piece such as the brand, craftsmanship, and silver content.

In order to get the melt value of your silver holloware piece, you'll need to multiply the total ounces of silver by the spot price of silver. We make this easy for you with our scrap silver calculator. All you need to do is load up the calculator, select the purity, enter the weight of your item, and then click the 'calculate' button.

Older silver holloware items from brand names will have the most collectible valuable. If you have an older silver holloware item then you can research the brand and/or get the item appraised by an expert.


See also:

What Is Silver Flatware?