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I recently bought this antique womens two piece belt buckle…

I recently bought this antique...
I recently bought this antique womens two piece belt buckle at an auction. It is a gorgeous piece and has a makers mark on its back. The mark is an oval with C&R in the middle, the & symbol is on a triangle. I would like to find out any information about the maker of this buckle? I want to find out how old it is and what type of resale value it will have on an Ebay type market? Thank you for your help.
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The mark on this silver belt buckle is that of Coles & Reynolds of New York dating ca 1872-1876. This firm was later that of George Schiebler, a very famous silversmith. This connection enhances the value of your buckle.

The design is very early Art Nouveau.

The estimated retail value would be $350-400 in a high end store.

The estimated retail value if you sell privately would be $300-350.

An eBay sale would result in about $170-250.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices. Sales in the eBay "Buy It Now" format are closer to retail.

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.

Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

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

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

Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com
https://www.justcollecting.com

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

Ultimately, to obtain these retail values we assume the piece or set is in good condition and that the final value depends on sale geographic location.

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 20% more than retail values.

All my answers are quoted in USA dollars.

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