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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Did you get pictures
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Last night I sent pictures. Did you get them? I did it from this screen using paper clip.
I am so sorry but I did not receive your photos but I do know the pattern. I found the number.
For me to value your set, I need to know the following:
How many people does your set serve?
How many pieces does each person have?
What serving pieces do you have?
I look forward to your replies.
It's an 8 piece set with serving spoon, ladle and pie cutter...
Does your set serve 8 people?
If so, how many pieces does each of those 8 people have?
The date in the trademark 1847 Rogers Bros refers to the date that the firm of Rogers Bros can trace its roots to.
Your set of plated silver flatware serving 8 people has an estimated retail value of $260 assuming good condition and depending on sale location.
I wish I could value it higher but my references do not support a higher value. Plated silver has dropped significantly in value in the last 25 years.
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.comBonanza.comAmazon Marketplace: http://services.amazon.com/content/sell-on-amazon.htm/ref=footer_soa?ld=AZFSSOAOr your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free.
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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