Some of the silver belonged to my grandparents, some to my parents. The older pieces are sterling silver and the price list in the box dated 1949 shows that a 6 piece place setting sold for $22.50. I looked at ebay prices and they listed four piece place settings of the same pattern between $157 and $230. I didn't notice that anyone was bidding, but it was interesting.
In other news -- I don't think I'll see any flies on the front of my house today.