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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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M&W plate with crown, lion and a capital 0, made up as a gift

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M&W plate with crown, lion and a capital 0, made up as a gift for my father in 1962, 14" diameter. What value?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.
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You are asking about a sterling silver plate that was given to your father in 1962.

May I have a photo of the plate please? I need to know what it looks like to properly assess it.

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Do the stamped marks have a point at the bottom?

Was the plate new when given to your father?

The reason I am asking these last two questions is that I am trying to date the plate. There is a capital date letter "O" for both 1931 and 1956.

Kind regards,

Doris
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I will enclose the plate photo. As you may not be able to see it is engraved with his name and the role for which he was presented the plate with, plus 14 signatures of council members. And the year 1962.The hallmarks are v difficult to photograph but they are all encased in five sided shapes with the point facing down.I find it hard to believe it wasn't new when he got it.

Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for all the information and clear photo.

Please allow me time to research your question, calculate current values and write my answer.

I thank you in advance for your patience.

Kind regards,

Doris
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.
Mark,
Your tray was made in 1956 by Mappin & Webb of Sheffield, UK. It is sterling silver - .925 or 92.5% silver which is the sterling standard for the UK.
The date is not unusual as your tray could have been in a store in back inventory for while.
It was "new" when it was engraved.
The style is Chippendale.
If it were not engraved, it would have a retail vintage store of $1400. One must reduce the retail value by 20% because of the engraving.
While it is a family treasure to you, most buyers would not want the engraving.
The engraving can be machined buffed out but that leaves a thin tray and still would reduce the value.

So the true retail vintage store value is $1120 or 718.13 GBP at today's rate.

A private seller to a dealer can expect 40-60% of retail value.

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Doris
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thankyou Doris,

You have been most helpful!

Mark Brinkley

Cambridge UK

Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.
You are welcome.
Thank you so much for the positive rating.

Kind regards,
Doris

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