Silver and Flatware/Wm ROGERS & SON 1909 Victorian Rose platter
I have possession of this platter and do not have room to keep it. However, I do not want to just give it to Goodwill or some such place as I imagine it has some value. It is 17.5" x 11.5" without the rim (22" x 16.5" with the rim). In addition to the above information, on the underside is the notation 22N. The platter is tarnished but I assume it could be cleaned. Can you estimate its value and/or suggest where I could take it?
Because this tray is made of silver plate (as opposed to sterling), it actually does not have a great value on the resale market. Most silver plate trays and platters have a value in the $5 to $25 range. Yours might be worth more because it is larger and because it is not as available as other smaller platters. However, finding a buyer willing to pay a higher price is going to be difficult.
Do you feel comfortable selling on eBay? If so, I recommend that route. Here is an example of a tray that sold last month on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/WM-Rogers-Son-Victorian-Rose-Silverplate-Tray-/251193098
. It was smaller than yours. Here is one that sold that was slightly larger than yours: http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-LARGE-24-1-2-SILVER-PLATE-ROGERS-VICTORIAN-ROSE-SERV
If you don't feel comfortable with eBay, you can try estate silver dealers. If antique shows come to town near you, wait for one and take your tray with you. You may find several dealers in silver who might make an offer. On the down side, most shows charge $5 or $10 admission, thereby cutting into your profit.
FYI, this brand is now owned by International Silver.
I hope this helps. See the article in the list below that talks about sterling vs silver plate.
If you would like to find buyers of silver, you’ll find ads from such businesses on my blog site: http://www.SilverChatter.com . Look for sellers as well because they have to buy their silver somewhere. You may have to reload the screen a few times to see all the ads.
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-- My blog: http://www.SilverChatter.com
-- Examiner.com articles: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/jim-stringer
-- My booklet, “Selling Your Silver”: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/georgiasilver
IDENTIFYING WHAT YOU HAVE
-- Sterling vs. silver plate: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/sterling-vs-silver-plate
-- Locating your silver pattern: http://www.examiner.com/x-26031-Sterling-Silver-Examiner~y2010m1d11-How-do-I-det
-- Marks found on bottom/back of silver pieces: http://www.examiner.com/x-26031-Sterling-Silver-Examiner~y2010m1d13-Where-can-I-
-- Code letters on silver plate pieces: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/what-does-this-mean-on-my-fl
-- The “Rogers” silver companies: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/rogers-the-silver-industry
VALUE OF STERLING AND SILVER PLATE PIECES
-- Calculating the value of your sterling flatware: http://www.examiner.com/x-26031-Sterling-Silver-Examiner~y2010m4d21-Cheap-approa
-- Calculating the scrap value of sterling flatware: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/calculating-the-scrap-value-
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-- Value of silver plate flatware: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/what-s-my-silver-plate-flatw
-- Value of gold plated flatware: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/what-s-the-value-of-my-gold-
- Silver content in knives: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/how-much-silver-is-a-hollow-
SELLING YOUR SILVER
-- Things to consider when selling your sterling: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/things-to-consider-when-sell
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-- Selling used silver plate flatware: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/selling-used-silver-plate-or
-- Tips on getting the best price when selling silver plate flatware: http://www.examiner.com/article/selling-silver-plate-flatware-for-the-best-price
-- Ads from businesses near you who BUY SILVER: http://www.silver-buying.com/
-- Buying sterling silver flatware on eBay: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-26031-Sterling-Silver-Examiner~y2010m5d26-Buy
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CARE AND CLEANING
-- Care of silver: http://www.examiner.com/sterling-silver-in-national/how-should-i-clean-and-polis
Selling Your Silver: A Guide to Finding a Buyer and Getting a Good Price