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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner Nashville Appraisals Corporation
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 8087
Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of Nashville Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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Holmes & Inlaid Silverplate Made by the International Silver

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Holmes & Edwards Inlaid Silverplate Made by the International Silver Company complete 8 piece set with Romance pattern in original wood box.
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Tell us what else you do know and the Antiques Appraiser will be able to better assist you.
Customer: Mother is 90 and most likely received or purchased upon wedding in 1947 in Southampton, NY.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: Set probably never used and kept in box all these years. There is very minimal tarnishing and condition of set and box is excellent. Bottom of box is stamped K 1952.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 5 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

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Does your set serve 8 people?

If so, how many pieces does each person have?

What serving pieces do you have? These can add as much as 30% to the value of your set.

Kind regards,

Doris

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
8 people with 6 pieces: dinner fork, dinner knife, salad fork, teaspoon, soup spoon & iced teaspoon. Also, one pastry fork, two serving spoons (one slotted), & butter knife.
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 5 months ago.

My research indicates that your plated silver boxed set of the pattern Romance by Holmes & Edwards/International Silver has an estimated retail value of $425-460 assuming good condition and depending on sale location.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated 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.com
Bonanza.com
Amazon Marketplace: http://services.amazon.com/content/sell-on-amazon.htm/ref=footer_soa?ld=AZFSSOA
Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free.

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.
GoAntiques.com
Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com

In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

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Doris

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 5 months ago.

Hi there!

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?

Kind regards,
Doris

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