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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner Nashville Appraisals Corporation
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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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Have a pair of salt and pepper shakers that appear to be

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Have a pair of salt and pepper shakers that appear to be some type of silver. Bottom has BM Co in a trapezoid on bottom with 2 what appears to be question marks with out the dot. What are these?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 month 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.

Your salt and pepper shakers were my by the Benedict Manufacturing Co of East Syracuse, New York. This company was in business 1894-1953.

Your set is plated silver. The marks underneath have to do with the manufacturers identification numbers for the type of items and the factory where they were made.

This company made silver plated pieces for hotels and restaurants. These types were often marked with piece numbers by the hotel or restaurant.

The shakers you have date 1920-1944 before the company turned to making items for the WWII effort.

Your pieces would have an estimated retail value of $60-80 assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic 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.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.

Or your nearest where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 1 month 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,