The Viceroy Silver Company is a recorded trade name of the National Silver Company. National Silver has a history that dates back to the 1890s. The company continued making flatware until the 1950s. Unfortunately, they have disposed of all of their flatware records.
Viceroy is best known for silver plate flatware. The best way to determine if you have found Viceroy flatware is to look at the markings on the reverse side of one of the pieces. This is easiest with a fork or a spoon. You will see the imprint "Viceroy," "Viceroy Plate," "Viceroy Plate U.S.A.," or a combination thereof.
Since this flatware is no longer in production, it has some value. This is especially true for people who are looking to complete their own sets or who are putting together a set for someone else.
Look for any wear on the pieces. Unless the set was never used, there will be wear. The key is to look at the pattern. The better the relief of the pattern, generally the better condition of the flatware. Perform a thorough inspection of all pieces.
Viceroy flatware was widely sold, and it is not difficult to find pieces in antique showrooms and online markets. The demand for this flatware is low. Prices are dependent on the quality of the piece or pieces. In some instances, a single fork may command a few dollars while a complete set may fetch more than £65. The best way to value Viceroy silver is to speak to a dealer in your area who specialises in silver. As with any antique, price and value are set by current demand.
- American Sterling Silver Marks: Marks and Hallmarks of US Makers
- "Sterling Flatware: An Identification and Value Guide"; by Tere Hagan