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Greetings!
I have 2 danish silver candlesticks about 7" high with a 4"sq base.

There is a marking inside HGr  and 3 towers.  I am sending a picture.  Could you tell me a rough value.

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Hi, Shelagh.

I'm not a great expert on Danish pieces but here's what I've read. The "HGr" mark was used by Hugo Grun from 1918 to 1985. The "Three Towers" mark defines a purity of at least 82.6% silver.

Many candlesticks only have a thin outside layer of silver with most of the weight taken up by a cement compound inside. An examination of the piece is required to determine if this is the case. Looking at the bottom, if the candlestick is mostly hollow, it's a good sign it is not weighted.

The reason I mention this is that the actual weight of the silver involved has a direct bearing on value. Also, the design of your candlesticks is unusual. This could boost the value for some collectors.

I'd be doing you a disservice to try to place a value on these. If they are not weighted with cement, they could be worth quite a lot (hundreds of dollars, or even more).

One thing that concerns me are two spots in the picture which seem to be wear patterns. Such wear patterns are often found on silver plate pieces but silver plate is inconsistent with the "Three Towers" mark. Consider polishing lightly with a mild silver polish to see what the effect is. Hopefully, the surface will become more uniform with polishing.

Sorry I could not help more. If there is an estate silver shop or high end antique dealer near you, I'd take these by to see what they say.

Best wishes,

Jim  

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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)

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BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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