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12'' ladle mystery

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RADIOYANKEE




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Posted: 30/07/2009 
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Hello, this piece has been in my wife's family since about 1880. At mid- handle is a sword and knight's armor. Any help on identyfying and possible value would be appreciated. Thankyou

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uncle vic
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Posted: 30/07/2009 
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Its American sterling silver and made by Gorham, very old and valuable. The mark is one of their oldest, reading from left to right, a lion, an anchor, and an old English "G".

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RADIOYANKEE




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Posted: 31/07/2009 
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Thanks for your response. By 'very valuable' can you gave me a rough idea of what that might be? (My wife said she would be happy with $100, but i am thinking this may be somewhat under the current value). Thanks again.
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Posted: 02/08/2009 
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The value would depend to some degree on the weight. Weigh it and post that. $100 is low - if its very heavy for the size I'd say double that or maybe more. My wife and I picked up a very heavy two piece Gorham salad serving set with the same marks at the Miami Beach antique show a few years ago for $280 and I thought we got a doggone good deal.

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RADIOYANKEE




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Posted: 04/08/2009 
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IT WEIGHS 7 OUNCES. THANKS
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uncle vic
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$200 would be a fair price.

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RADIOYANKEE




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Posted: 05/08/2009 
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FINE. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND CLEANING OR JUST SELL 'AS IS'.. THANKS AGAIN
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Carefully clean it, taking care to not rub the marks.
Use a silversmith's horsehair brush if you have one...they cost about $10 - most antique stores sell them.

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Uncle Vic
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RADIOYANKEE




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Posted: 07/08/2009 
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Thank you very much.
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