A ballpark auction sale value for your Harris & Shafer covered bowl is $250 - $350 presuming is it sterling silver.
You can, however, ask any price you please on an item you own, they key factor is finding a buyer at your asking price.
Bear in mind that an ‘asking price’ is one that has not been sold yet and a true sale value is based on actual past documented sale records.
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For over 10 years I owned an antiques where one of the specialties was antique silver.
I do speak from experience about silver items.
Harris & Shafer, located in Washington,DC, were retailers, mostly as importers from fine European homes. The logo marks date 1880-1938.
To answer your question, I researched items marked with the Harris & Shafer logo.
I found several items that are worth considering to determine values for your sterling covered bowl.
See the following images:
All are sterling. Two were retailed by Harris & Shafer. The third is a Tiffany bowl.
One - gravy boat sold for $275 at auction.
Two - creamer and sugar (or small basket) - sold for $115 at auction.
Three - a Tiffany Bowl that is retailing for $250 - not covered but it is Tiffany, a much more sought after name in silver.
Looking at all three of these and using my experience, I was able to determine an average auction value of $200 for your sterling covered bowl.
The estimated retail price would be about $310.
If you wish to sell, these ideas might help you.
Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.
If you would like to sell close to retail , some ideas are:
The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.
Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.Artfire.comBonanza.comAmazon Marketplace: http://services.amazon.com/content/sell-on-amazon.htm/ref=footer_soa?ld=AZFSSOA
These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.GoAntiques.comRubylane.comTias.comcyberattic.comtrocadero.com
A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of retail value.
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