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Doris
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I have a cameo style brooch with what looks like ESW then 3

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I have a cameo style brooch with what looks like ESW then 3 hallmarks which I can’t make out. What would the ESW mean?
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Welcome, my name is ***** ***** be pleased to work with you.My responses are not immediate.I thank
you for your patience.I am reviewing the question.

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
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The stamped marks here are those of the maker ...ESW...the assay office...the sterling lion passant symbol and a date letter for the date of assay. Since there are only four marks and can say that it was made after 1895 because the 5th mark, the duty mark, is no longer required after then.

If these were cleaned, we could determine more detailed information.

Let me see if I can locate the maker ESW.

Please allow time for me to research and type my complete answer.

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Doris

The maker ESW is not listed at present. Still, we know your English brooch is sterling silver made after 1890 and properly assayed (guaranteed Sterling quality).

These types of hand carved shell cameos were very popular until about 1920. So we can date it 1890-1920.

The estimated retail value is $750-950.

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.
GoAntiques.com
Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com
https://www.justcollecting.com/about/selling

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.

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