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In my former store, one of my specialties was silver; so, I do speak from experience here.
Obituary of Maxwell George Rodd (2009)
"If you were married in the 1960s you would almost certainly have received one or more boxes of Rodd Silverware's Jasmine sweet spoons or a canteen of Rodd silver cutlery as a wedding present.
Max Rodd, who built a family partnership into a metals conglomerate through various acquisitions and amalgamations, has died aged 91.
Rodd was the only child born to Muriel (nee Timper) and Ernest Rodd, who had two successful grocery shops before joining his brother George's jewellery business.
G&E Rodd Pty Ltd was founded in Melbourne in 1919 and by the late 1930s was the leading firm of manufacturing jewellers in Australia. During the 1930s, it diversified into silver tableware knives, forks and spoons, including souvenir spoons and during World War II, 200 employees were deployed to wartime production.
After attending Scotch College, the young Rodd joined the family firm and studied accountancy at night school. Diagnosed with tuberculosis when he was 21, he went north to a dry climate and worked as bookkeeper for the Waugh family on the pioneering Clare (sheep) Station, north of Balranald in NSW.
After his parents died unexpectedly, he took over G&E Rodd in 1948 and it became a public company. Although only 30, Rodd's business ideas and skills saw Rodd Silverware flourish.
It became a household name, its products offered as prizes on Bob Dyer's popular radio and TV game program Pick a Box. In 1961, a set of Rodd Australian gold Jasmine spoons and forks was commissioned as Australia's wedding present to the Duke and Duchess of York.
The year before the company amalgamated with Myttons Ltd, and in 1967 Rodd became chairman and managing director. A quiet achiever, his management skills would make good textbook copy for students of the field.
He embraced corporate requirements, but didn't become a corporate man. He would walk through the Rodd factory in St Kilda each morning and greet each employee by name. He encouraged young employees to progress and implemented superannuation before it became compulsory."
My research indicates your 80 piece set of Rodd plated silver cutlery in original case has an estimated retail value of $550-650 assuming good condition and depending on location.
If you wish to sell, these are some ideas.
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.
Amazon 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.
A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of retail value.
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