Silver compote antique

Mar 01, 2019. 17:42 UTC
Silver compote antique
United States of America

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9" long, 6" wide, 5.5" tall silver compote antique, weighs 2 lbs., 10 ounces... No visible maker marks on bottom.


The item was a wedding gift in 1978. I later divorced in 2005 and the item came into my possession.

Answered within about 15 hours
Mar 02, 08:29 UTC
By Sabrina Vinther

Fair Market Value

$100 - $150 USD

Insurance Value

$250 USD
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Dear Lawrence,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. So that I may best assist you, can you please upload a few images of the silver marks.


Lawrence chenault Mar 03, 01:37 UTC

As you can see and as I rechecked, there is no silver marks on the bottom of this antique...

Sabrina vinther Mar 03, 13:56 UTC

Thank you for checking for marks and thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

It is a very nice covered vegetable dish, however, I am not quite sure that it is made of silver when there are no silver marks. Usually there would be some kind of silver marks either on the base or the lid, by the handles on such a large piece. You may be able to determine if it is silverplate by looking at the edges where the silver has been most worn/polished to see if a yellow or red metal shines though the silverplating.
Or you can have your covered dish tested by a silversmith to determine the material.
It was a very popular piece of hollowware in the Victorian times and could be either American or English.

The estimate provided is (presuming it is silverplated) for a well-advertised specialised silver auction, where I believe the covered dish has the best chance of realising its fullest potential.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I’m happy to help.
Thank you

Lawrence chenault Mar 03, 20:02 UTC

Thank you for the response but I see no appraised value assigned in your response, assuming it is silver-plated... There is no red/yellowing. The interior of the piece is pitted. Please advise?

Sabrina vinther Mar 03, 20:10 UTC

The interior pitting possibly comes from years of use. I would suggest that you leave that as it is. Its part of the charm when living with antiques :)

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