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12'' ladle mystery


#1

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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#2

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”.

Regards,

Uncle Vic


#3

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.


#4

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.

Regards,

Uncle Vic


#5

IT WEIGHS 7 OUNCES. THANKS


#6

$200 would be a fair price.

Regards,

Uncle Vic


#7

FINE. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND CLEANING OR JUST SELL ‘AS IS’… THANKS AGAIN


#8

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.

Regards,

Uncle Vic


#9

Thank you very much.