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My mother gave me a candlestick, there is a hallmark  "sterling 925/1000" with the number 385, and also has a small bee or fly stamp. the total weight is approx. 142 gs. Could you tell me estimated worth, Thank You.

Answer
Hi, Luis.

There is a very good possibility that your candlestick has only a sterling outer shell with a cement compound inside. If I am correct, it is very difficult to determine the weight of the sterling. In cases like this, the design of the candlestick plays an important part in determining value.

Several silver manufacturers have used flying insects as part of their marks. Can you send me a good picture of the mark on your piece?

At this point, I'm guessing that the candlestick does not have a great value ($10 to $50). If I can identify it further, it's possible that I could revise my estimate.

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..........

Experience

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

Publications
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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