What's It Worth? A Masterpiece In Silver

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A Minnesota jeweler recently sent us a large package of sterling silver to sell. Inside was mostly average, reusable antique silver worth 10 to 20 percent over silver value.

Also included was this extraordinary masterpiece – a 45 oz. sterling silver basket by Roger Williams. He was famous in his own right and bought the Howard Sterling Silver Company in New York, and all the silver patterns as well. (In 1903, they merged with the Mauser Mfg. Co. and the Hayes & McFarland Co. to form the Mt. Vernon Silversmiths Co.)

We paid almost double the silver value, because we recognized this for the masterpiece it is. Exquisitely reticulated, the silversmith removed a quantity of silver to make the flowers and leaves stand out. This is one of the largest silver baskets we have ever seen.

When determining value, not all silver should be thrown on a scale. It takes an expert to know the real value of a piece. House calls available.

Whether you are a jeweler, dealer, collector or private citizen, we want to bid on your item.

Stop in or call 727.896.0622 for an appointment. 

 

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