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I have on 36" dia antique copper tray with figures of

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I have on 36" dia antique copper tray with figures of Egyptian hyrogliphics of silver overlay. It has been in my family for 3 generations as a centerpiece wall art. My grand parents brought it back form Egypt over 90 years ago. We would like an appraisal.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

Good morning,

This is an early 20th century Persian silver over copper tray.

Typically these were used with folding wood tray stands, as portable tables.

Yours is a particularly nice example, with high relief and very dense imagery.

Are there any marks, stamps, labels, etc. anywhere on the piece, including the back or in the edges?

Jennifer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. There isn't any identifiable marks or labels that I know of. I do have more close up pics if that helps in descovering its value.
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

No, I was just wondering if there were any specific maker's marks on the back anywhere. If not, I'll go ahead and do more research now as an unknown maker.

Jennifer

Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

This is really a very spectacular Egyptian (or Mamluk) Revival example, probably from the late 19th century rather than early 20th, as I look more closely at the detail.

On a retail level, for insurance purposes, this would be valued at $5,000.00 - $7,000.00.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok, I will also look for any markings. Here's one more pic
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Here is an inscription on the back. It says Mr and Mts Jhoh Kiirsch( my grandparents). 1956, Larnk Bazaar, Azhar Street, No 116, Cairo Egypt
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

OK, so this is a more recent example than I believed earlier, mid 20th century. This would set the retail value in the range of $1,500.00 - $2,000.00.

Sincerely,
Jennifer

Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

I see you have not yet rated/accepted my answer. How can I help you further?

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Jennifer

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Not sure enough research has been done. I think more is needed to determine its true value.
Expert:  AppraiserJM replied 1 year ago.

I'll opt out and let other appraisers weigh in. However, I do need to point out I've been appraising these trays for 22 years and am quite familiar with them and with the market. (I live in an area where I have many Persian clients.)

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Expert:  Tim in Antiques replied 1 year ago.

My name is***** am also one of the Appraisers. I agree with Jennifer. The shops in Egypt, Israel and Turkey all have similar pieces made in the 20th Century replicating earlier styles.