Buying Antique Silver
It is always best to buy silver of any value from a dealer who belongs to a reputable trade association, such as the BADA (British Antique Dealers’ Association), or the LAPADA (London And Provincial Antique Dealers’ Association). Both these Associations have Codes of Practice with which their members should comply. The fact that dealers have taken the trouble to apply for membership and have been accepted, shows that they are serious and established dealers.
There are a great many dealers who are not members of a trade association who are extremely serious and totally sound. However, the backing of a trade association does give a certain reassurance to a purchaser who does not know the dealer he is buying from. Furthermore, if there should be a serious dispute between purchaser and dealer, both parties have recourse to the trade association to help mediate.