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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner, Appraisals Corporation
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I have a small bowl 6" wide 1 1/2" high from Dione

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I have a small bowl 6" wide 1 1/2" high from Dione Quintuplets era. Not sure if it is silver steel, etc. It isn't very heavy. The names of the 5 girls are on the rim and at bottom of bowl images of the five baby girls heads. I am 81 yrs. old and have had the bowl that long. Just wondering if it is of any monetary value. Thank you for any help.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 8 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.

Please send me a photo of the marks on the bottom. I also need one of the bowl showing the pictures.

You may need to use the macro function (flower icon) of your camera to get a good clear photo of the marks.

If you cannot get a good photo, then sketch the marks and take a photo of the sketch.

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Sometimes pictures can be difficult for customers. If you cannot send any, I still might be able to assess this but for the most accurate answer, pictures are best.

I am 72. I remember the quintuplets.

Let me know if you can send photos.

Kind regards,
Doris

Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 8 months ago.

Dolores,

I was fortunate in finding your bowl. It is steel possible plated with nickel.

Many of the prices I found online were about $15. I did find several at around $20.

If you wish to sell it, put a price of $25 on it since you can trace the ownership. You can always come down.

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.

Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com
Bonanza.com

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

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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Doris

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 8 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