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Alvin tea set, large tray with coffe, tea, creamer and

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Alvin tea set, large...

Alvin tea set, large tray with coffe, tea, creamer and suger, pristine condition

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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 4 months ago
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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 4 months ago

Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment. If you cannot send photos, I can still work with your descriptions; however, I can give more accurate answers if I have photos.
Can you send photos?

If so, then -

Please send photos of the set.

Please send a photo of the marks and/or words on the bottom.

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.

To send photos you may use the "ADD FILES" in the blue box link (next to "SEND" or "SUBMIT") on your reply page or the "paper clip" found in the toolbar you see on your reply page.
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
i am waiting on photo. will send shortly
Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 4 months ago

There is no hurry at this end. I really need one clear one of the marks on the bottoms.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
attached are pics of items, tray, list and
back of tray.jpgback of...jpgentire set.jpgentire...jpglisted items.jpglisted...jpgsilver tray.jpgsilver...jpg
Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 4 months ago

Thank you for the information and excellent photos.

Please allow a few minutes for me to research current values for these patterns and type my complete answer.

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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 4 months ago

I did not see a photo of a mark on the bottom of your tea/coffee service. Does it also say "Sterling"?

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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 4 months ago

Thank you.

The sterling 4 piece tea/coffee service is in the Alvin French Scroll pattern. The estimated retail value of this set is $2500.

The Alvin 26" tray is plated silver (EP).

Let me say that I always dislike telling my clients the value of their plated silver. In the last twenty years, plated silver has dropped significantly in value. Sterling silver, for the most part, has retained its value as people look at it as an investment. The silver in plated silver is too difficult to extract to be of value as an investment. Plus with the increase in two worker households, there is not time to polish.

They plated silver tray has an estimated retail value of $380.

I truly wish I had better news.

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%-50% more than retail values.

All my answers are quoted in USA dollars.

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Doris

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Antique Expert: Doris, Personal Property Appraiser replied 4 months ago

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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

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