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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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Thank You Doris, I also have 11 gold washed figural, apostle

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For Doris. Thank You Doris, I also have 11 gold washed figural, apostle spoons in sterling by Henry Holland (HH) and 2 of the same pattern by JA over JS. I am wondering about value as well.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Welcome back. Thank you for requesting me.

I need more information about your spoons.

How long are they - teaspoon or dessert or tablespoon size?

Are all the figures the same or are they different? If any are the same figure, let me know.

Same information needed for both makers.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They are all 5" long, gold washed, all same designs/figures, all 13 of them. Two are JA over JS, Queen in circle, E in shield, fancy lion and the Leopard mark. The other 11 are HH, Henry Holland, I believe. They have a very shallow spoon bowl, maybe 3/16" deep, if that. Tea spoon or smaller in size.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They look like Mother Mary and a child to me.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Two more, better, pics.Thanks,
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
One more pic.
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

True apostle spoons have one of Jesus's disciples at the end. Yours have the Madonna and Child at the end. They are called figural spoons.

The two JA/JS bear the mark of the sponsors' John Aldwinckle and James Slater of the London assay office area (leopard's head). The style G date letter is for 1882-83.

The duty mark for the monarch is the head of Queen Victoria. The lion passant guaranteeing sterling silver.

The other 11 bear the mark of the sponsor Henry Holland of the firm of Holland, Aldwinckle and Slater, the duty mark, the lion passant, the leopard's head but the style date letter A for 1876-77.

The set of gilded sterling silver (known as "silver gilt") would have an estimated retail value of $650-700 assuming good condition and depending in sale 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. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Amazon Marketplace:
Or your nearest where you can list items for free.

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 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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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year 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,