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Jim Stringer

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at I also author a blog at and write articles about silver at ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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2016-09-11 Reed & Barton Flatware:

Hello.    This looks like the Reed & Barton English Crown pattern. It is made of silver plate. "Mirrorstele" is Reed & Barton's trade name for stainless steel used for the knife blades.    An individual

2016-08-30 silverware value:

Hello.    The "insurance" value, which I define as what it would take if you had to buy a comparable set from an established dealer in used flatware, is about $8 per piece. Unfortunately, an individual

2016-08-28 Question about a signature:

Hello.    32F pretty clearly defines this specific bowl based on what I've found. I cannot account for the price range, especially for the $170 price. As you pointed out, one bowl is for sale now for $775

2016-08-10 Reed & Barton gold set with box - 46 piece value:

Hello.    Sterling flatware manufactured by Reed & Barton will have the word, "Sterling", on the backs of the forks, spoons and other pieces with similar handles. In the case of your set, the word is missing

2016-08-09 Silver plated teapot:

Hello.    According to my reference books, Acme Silver Co. was in business in Toronto between 1885 and 1893. It was sold to Standard Silver Co. of Toronto which later merged with other companies to form

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