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I have a very strange cup that is extremely old. It has some…

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I have a very strange...
I have a very strange cup that is extremely old. It has some writing on the bottom. How do I find out if its worth anything?
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Antique Expert: Steven-R, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher replied 3 years ago
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Can you advise of the writing or markings visible on the base, please?
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Customer reply replied 3 years ago
It looks as though it says 550Bc
Antique Expert: Steven-R, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher replied 3 years ago
Thank you...the piece you have is a copy of a type of ware produced in Corinth, Greece, circa 350 BC and you have what is termed a "museum grade replica" in the open market. These are often made in the region but also were manufactured in Mexico in the early to mid 20th century and exported all over the world to souvenir shops, cruise lines heading to Greece, and even to museum shops.
It would appear there was likely a production run of up to 1,000 made and you have number 556 of the series and you can see the remnant of a gummed tag on the base, indicating it was at one time sold as a tagged piece, likely from the 1950s onwards.
As such, the real value is more in the decor market than fine arts, as it is a replica. Most similar pieces today retail from $35-65 on the open market.
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With kind regards,
Steve
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Antique Expert: Steven-R, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher replied 3 years ago
Oh, and it does appear to be 550 BC, but the form was made as early as 350 BC in the region.
With kind regards,
Steve
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