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Doris, Personal Property Appraiser
Category: Antiques
Satisfied Customers: 14047
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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I have been left a silver teapot and two milk by my father

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Hi Pearl, I have been left a silver teapot and two milk jugs by my father and the recent death of my step-mother requires that and need a valuation for probate purposes. My research suggests they were made by Edward Viner (E.V) in the first half of the 20th century. The marks are E.V then a crown then a lion passant then the date letter D for 1946. I'm not sure whether this means they are pure silver or are silver plated. There is nowhere on them anything I can find to suggest they are plate and E.V is not in the list of Sheffield platers but I'm ignorant of such matters. Having been told some years ago they were worth only 10s of pounds I am loathe to pay the £50 per item valuation fee levied by my local jeweller in the isle of Man. I'd therefore value your help. Many thanks Nigel Harrison
Assistant: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: No I don't think so...

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.

Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment. If you cannot send photos, I can still work with your descriptions; however, I can give more accurate answers if I have photos.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for the reply. I'll send you some photos .... cheers Nigel

You are welcome. I look forward to viewing your photos. One of my specialties is English silver.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Doris, here are three photos. I know the silver needs polishing....sorry!! Cheers

The teapot looks to be a different pattern from the other two pieces. Do they all have the EV stamps? If not, which ones do?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They all have identical marks.

Yes, the Edward Viner mark for assay office in Sheffield indicating a date cycle of 1946-7 plus the "lion passant" (walking lion) are sterling standard - 925. The Lion Passant is the sterling mark here.

The estimated retail value for the set is $1600-1900.

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

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

Or your nearest 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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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can I use this valuation for probate? Would you be able to send me an email confirming their value for my solicitor?

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