Well - No doubt it is a very beautiful pc. ! - - I only hope ours turn out as well, after their polishing!!
I just read the rest of the thread ,after admiring your tray,on the subject of values.
Hope I am not intruding, as no debate is meant from my end, but hope you all don’t mind my sharing some thoughts on this subject,especially since I am a novice collector of silver (I have more glass than anything else,until my grandmother started cleaning her house out the past couple of months)
I think we all would like to know the value of our pcs. in general. Whether they be silver pcs. or any other collectable, antique, or family heirloom we are blessed with. Especially by novices such as myself, who haven’t a clue as to what they are doing …
I would imagine there are several reasons for most wondering about the values of their pcs. - first & foremost I believe is ‘human nature’ - -, or possibly aprox. insurance values, and even monetary value if someone should get into an unexpected financial situation - [size=9]Afterall, many of us have been there at some time in our lives-./size] -,and in most instances, like myself who have just received new pcs. from a relative & feel a sincere curiosity in finding out everything you can about a pc. I am so curious about and I treasure, have sentimental value and/or family history, or just “because” - Guess that falls under the human nature reason I mentioned above - -LOL !
I also think the hardest part is finding the right people to give accurate values of individual pcs.- They can vary so drastically from on area to another, and most importantly from person to person, as well as the demand of the market at the time - At least this is what I seem to have learned in my own research, time and again, since my Granmotherhas been passing on so many pcs. to my family, as of late - Many we want to keep for sentimental reasons - others we will sell for lack of space and/or ability to properly preserve such beautiful pcs. of history.
Some who may have an idea of value often feel there is a liability concern, should a value be off base, but again IMHO in a forum such as this, after reading the terms, etc. I assumed there is a disclaimer, so IMO there should be less concern/fear about sharing values with novices, such as myself, who thru our research, if only for comparisons. Or maybe add an appraisors page that shares links that have been helpful to others who are involved in this forum. Maybe there is and i just haven’t found it, as of yet !
Personally,so far I have had a wonderful experiance on this forum with friendly people willing to share great information, very helpful tips, and the joy of sharing similar interests. Although values would be a great addition, whether values are shared or not this forum is still very helpful, with a wealth of information, and great fun in learning some of the history of the pcs. that have been given to me.
I hope haven’t overstepped in sharing my thoughts, especially being new here, as I so enjoy being able to share ‘my finds’ with others of more knowledge of my newly found interest