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King Francis
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Dear Mr. Stringer,
I have a water pitcher marked King Francis, 1658, Reed & Barton.  It is in excellent condition.  We are downsizing and I need to sell it.  Does it have any significant value?
Thank you ,
Nansea

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Hi, Nansea.

Generally, silver plate pitchers do not have much value. However, this particular pattern seems to have a higher market value. This pitcher sold on eBay for $150 last November: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Reed-Barton-King-Francis-Pattern-Pitcher-/190754.

Replacements Ltd is asking over $500 for this pitcher: http://www.replacements.com/webquote/RDSKIF2.htm#2108286 . Their prices are always pretty high and when estimating what an individual could get when selling a comparable, I usually estimate 20% to 30% of what Replacements is asking. So, $150 is probably a good estimate.

You can contact the people at Replacements and see what they will offer for your pitcher so you will have a benchmark. But your best bet is probably going to be eBay.

Best wishes,

Jim

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Jim Stringer

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I answer questions about sterling flatware and other sterling pieces........... I answer value questions at http://whatisitworth.lovetoknow.com/questions/categories/silver. I also author a blog at http://www.SilverChatter.com and write articles about silver at http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer ........... Thanks to nominations from questioners, I'm listed in the Top 50 Experts for 2014 and 2015.......... NOTE: Please do not give me a verbal description of a pattern and ask me to identify it. Attach a picture if you need such help..........

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Buyer and seller of sterling pieces for over ten years. Author of the blog, www.SilverChatter.com. Sterling silver writer for www.Examiner.com.

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Examiner.com; SilverChatter.com; "Selling_Your_Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price (www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver)

Education/Credentials
BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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