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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner Nashville Appraisals Corporation
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 8120
Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of Nashville Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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I have inherited an English silver desk set. It measures 4

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I have inherited an English silver desk set. It measures 4 1/2 inches wide x 2 1/2 inches deep x 3 inches high and is shaped like a chest with a curved lid. It has 3 English stamps on the bottom and says "Made in England." I have not been able to identify the stamps. It contains 2 crystal ink wells with silver rims. I have been advised by a local silver buyer that it is sterling, more valuable than its silver content and should be sold at auction. I could take it to a Colorado appraiser, but I haven't been able to identify one. I know it is at least 150 years old. What should my next steps be?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

Please know that I cannot accept any requests for "live conversations" such as phone calls. I must research data to give the most accurate answer.

Besides there are extra system charges to you for live conversations.

The first step is to see what its retail value is.

To do that, I need photos.

First is one of the whole set both opened and then another closed.

Then I need a photo of the marks/stamps.

You may need to use the macro function (flower icon) of your camera to get a good clear photo of the marks.

If you cannot get a good photo, then sketch the marks and take a photo of the sketch.

To send photos you may use the "attach" or "add" link or "paper clip" you see on your reply page.

Kind regards,

Doris

PS: Meanwhile, please don't rate me until you get a full appraisal and a value from me. I mention this because you may get random prompts asking you to rate me before I've submitted an answer. Ignore them, they are automatically generated by the system (it doesn't seem to be able to distinguish an answer from preparatory back-and-forth and information gathering) and don't come from me.

Thanks, Doris

Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

By the way, one of my best specialties is English silver.

You have come to the right place.

Kind regards,

Doris

Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 year ago.

Your question about the silver desk set -

I have not heard back from you.

Did you have trouble with photos.

Just in case you did -

Please send your photos the email method.

This is the official explanation of how to send photos via email:
Please follow the questions exactly or they will not get to me.

Send the picture to,***@******.***

In the subject line put " Pictures for˜Doris in Antiques or Appraisals."
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In the body of the message put, your user name and name.
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Make sure to send these from the same address that you registered with
Just Answer,so they can verify who you are.

This method takes longer because the photos are sent to the Just Answer
techs who must forward them to me. It sometimes takes as long as 24 hours.
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They will forward them to me and as soon as I get them I will contact you.

Kind regards,

Doris