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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years.Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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Wow Doris,
How knowledgabke you are. Many thanks for that very comprehensive appraisal. As soon as I start selling my stuff I will be leaving tips. I wonder if you could look at this for me as well. THis is the info I was given when I bought it -
An excellent and rare Hukin & Heath pickle jar stand. Attributed to Christopher Dresser.In Excellent condition with only minor blemishes to silver plating (see photographs)
The stand looks larger than the dimensions suggest and measures approx 22cm long approx 9.5 cm in width and some 15cm in height.Large H & H and Eagle Mark and numbered 708 to base (retaining wing nut appears to be replacement)The two glass pickle jars are of very high quality having the base and four sides ground and polished flat there are a few small chips but not particularly noticible and quite small. The jars are approx 15cm high.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Welcome back. Thank you for requesting me.

The small pair you have often called condiment pieces.

Why do you think there is an association with the famous Dresser?

Kind regards,


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Doris,
I was told by the seller that he acquired it from a Dresser collection. I have seen similar items and I know that he did design items for Hukin & Heath. The seller quoted the stamps as Large H & H and Eagle Mark and numbered 708 to base, although to an amateur like me this means nothing. I gather that you are not convinced? and will certainly value your opinion. Kind wishes Sue
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Yes indeed.

Hukin & Heath produced plated and sterling under direction of Christopher Dresser 1878-1881.

These same designs were made by Hukin & Heath for some while after 1881.

The date range of your set is then 1871-1890s. It is plated silver.

My research and knowledge indicate that your set would have a estimated retail value of $65-85 again assuming good condition and depending on location of sale.


Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

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. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Amazon Marketplace:

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

Once again,

A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

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