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I have a set of 12" Sterling Silver, size 5 knitting needles with gold plated heads.  They are in their original box, which contains a business size card that reads, "Susan Bates, Sterling Silver, Knitting Needles, gold plated heads."  The original price marked on the box is $12.  I have also sent the attached photo to .

I would like to know:  when they were made, and approximate value of them today.  If they are collectibles, do you know of any place where I might sell them?  I have researched them on the internet, but the only comparable item I could find was a set on ebay without the box or card.  I assume those will add value.

Thank you for any help you can provide me.

Hello again Dana,

I just heard back from the person I had referred your query to - Susan Webster  - apparently you two have been in touch.

Susan is probably the person who would know best about these knitting needles as she collects knitting needles and researches them.  Susan has also given lectures on antique knitting needles.  I feel comfortable going with her advice to you.


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Irene Schwall


I have been a collector of antique sewing tools and thimbles for over 30 years. I am also a dealer in this field and sell on eBay under the name -- serengeti2. I am NOT, and I repeat NOT an expert on antique or vintage domestic household sewing machines used for everyday home sewing. I can offer help when it comes to Toy or miniature collectible sewing machines ONLY.


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