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I have a & Co. vase from my family. It is so uniformly dark,

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I have a Rogers Smith & Co. vase from my family. It is so uniformly dark, I have three questions about it:
1) Has it always been dark, or do you think every bit of plating has simply been rubbed off in time?
2)If it was at one time silver-looking, would you suggest I have it replated? Would that increase value (though I don't plan ever to sell it; been in my family forever).
3)Does it have monetary value?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  rarewares replied 1 year ago.

Paul,

My name is ***** ***** I would love to help.

1) It has not always been dark, it was once plated with a coat of shiny silver. All of the plating has been lost due to handling, washing and polishing.

2) Do not have it re-plated, this will not increase its value.

3) This vase has a value of $20 whether black or re-plated. Silver plated items are not valuable unless they are by important companies or are in unusual shapes.

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