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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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2017-01-12 value:

Hello.    This could be a teapot but more likely it's a coffee pot. I can't tell how tall it is; that could make a difference. It's made of silver plate. Around 1900, it was common for hotels to have pieces

2017-01-12 value:

Hello.    The mark on the knife blade does resemble the mark used by the Meriden Cutlery Co.. It's possible they were made in the first half of the 19th century but it's hard to say with certainty because

2017-01-07 value:

Hello.    This set is made of silver plate. Unfortunately, most silver plate flatware does not hold its value very well and "Empire" is no exception. You could expect to receive about one dollar per piece

2017-01-07 Francis I value:

Hi.    I imagine you could get between $3,500 and $4,000 for this set. This price could vary depending on the specific soup spoons and butter spreaders that you have.     This price estimate assumes you

2017-01-07 Francis I value:

Hello.    "Mirrorstele" probably only applies to knife blades. I am assuming that on the backs of the forks and spoons is the word, "Sterling", plus Reed and Barton trademark. I think Francis I was only

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