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How can I find the pattern and value of Universal 12 DWT

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How can I find the pattern and value of Universal 12 DWT plain knives and forks that belonged to someone who was born about 1875?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Frank replied 1 year ago.

Hello and Welcome to Just Answer,

My name is***** am a Personal Property Appraiser and would be happy to assist you with your question.

Do you have any photos of the pattern you may be able to send?

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You can also email pictures to with ATTN MTantiques in the subject heading. Be sure to include the link to your question page in the email for our customer service. The emails can take up to a few hours to process, but as soon as I receive it I can send my evaluation.

Thank you for your time,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I do not know how to do that. The pattern is plain, no design and the knife blades appear to also be silver/silverplate as they tarnish. I have six of each knife and fork and they are in a wooden box.
Expert:  Frank replied 1 year ago.

Are there any curves in the handles? Any kind of design element?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks anyway but no thanks. For what was said to be a free appraisal by Antiques Roadshow, this is now turning into a $48 affair and I have absolutely no information.
Expert:  Frank replied 1 year ago.

I would need a photo to give you the exact pattern, as there were numerous patterns made in that time period.

Expert:  Frank replied 1 year ago.

What I can tell you based on the information that you have given is that the flatware is silverplated, with 12 DWT or dime weight worth of silver used to plate the set.

In the current market these plain silverplated sets usually bring between 100-150USD.

Expert:  Frank replied 1 year ago.

I hope this information was helpful to you today.

If you have any further questions please let me know as I would be happy to help

Best of luck with your flatware .

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