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I inherited a Louise (Silverplate, Holloware) teapot, coffee

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I inherited a Marie Louise (Silverplate, Holloware) teapot, coffee pot, creamer and sugar set. It is Noted as Wilcox SF Company EPNS International N1986. What might the value be and where might you suggest I sell it? Thanks!
Submitted: 4 months ago.
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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 4 months ago.

My research indicates that your 4 piece set of plated silver, Marie Louise, is in the lovely late 18thC style of the George III even though it actually dates first half of the 20thC.

It has an estimated value of $400-500 assuming good condition.

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. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.

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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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 4 months ago.

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I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

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Expert:  Nora replied 4 months ago.


You have a vintage silverplated tea set in the Marie Louise French style pattern that was produced by International Silver which owned Wilcox. EPNS stands for Electro-Plated Nickel Silver. Plated silver does not have a precious metal melt down value like sterling silver. The letter/number series N1986 is part of the pattern and mold shape name as well.

Realistically, on today's market a plated 4-piece tea set could sell for a high of $150 - $225 on today's auction market. You can, however, ask any price you please on an item you own, the key factor is finding a buyer at your asking price.

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