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Bride Basket
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Hello Jim,

I was given a mh&Co. Bridal Basket. It may silver plate or sterling. It has two Satyrs [almost looks like devils] across from one another on rim of the bowl. The number 533 N is engraved on the bottom. The handle is ornate. I am attaching a picture for your review and I'm hoping you can tell me a little about it. I want to use it as a bird feeder...but if it's worth something I may have to make a different plan.

Thank you in advance.

Penelope

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Hi, Penelope.

This may be from Martin Hall & Co. in Great Britain. The marks you described do not correlate with marks on sterling pieces so I'm assuming this is made of silver plate. If I am correct, the value probably is not all that great. However, this basket has a nice design and it appears to be in good shape. Here's another type of basket that sold recently on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Martin-Hall-Co-Silver-Plated-Fruit-Basket-c-1860 .

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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