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W.B. Kerr Sterling Art Nouveau Case

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Vermook




Joined: 03 Mar 2010
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Posted: 03/03/2010 
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I've inherited a case from my late uncle. I've searched long and hard to get as much info on it as I can, before asking for anyone elses time Razz But now, I'm stuck.

What I (think I) know:

Made by William B. Kerr & Co, I believe between 1855-1892
It is signed, and Sterling. It has the earlier axe hallmark, so guessing it was made before the company changed hands. And has the series number (?) 1198

Condition:

Clasp, Hinge, and inside spring mechanisms in perfect working order.
No dents, a little dingy (though I prefer my personal pieces a little tarnished)
There are 2 scratches on the back, one might be buff-able, and the other...might even be a manufacturing flaw? as it looks like something circular pushed on it rather than scratched it...if that makes sense, Though its not a scratch *I'm rambling*

I have been unsuccessful in finding ANY other examples of this type of case from W.B.Kerr...its usually bowls or grooming sets. So I have no clue what its value might be.
If I were to sell, is better to clean and shine the piece? or leave it dingy?...well sounds silly when I type it out, polished I'm guessing?

Thank you in advance for any insight <3
I am also posting this elsewhere for any help further identifying it.

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Carrie Hunnicutt




Joined: 07 Mar 2010
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Location: Dallas, Texas

Posted: 07/03/2010 
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We sold two similar cigarette cases from William B. Kerr last year, one for $359 (www.ha.com/5025*71096) and one for $1,673 (www.ha.com/5016*71207), so I'm confident our specialist in that department could provide you with more information about yours: Tim Rigdon, 214-409-1119 or TimR@HA.com.

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Vermook




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Posted: 08/03/2010 
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Thank you very much Smile
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