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Hi, I have a lovely sterling silver letter opener measuring 8" and weighing 35g. An almost exact one is being offered on ebay for over 200. The lettering on mine is FGH  925  An anchor  A lion  and the letter 'I'. Can you tell me what YOU think it's worth and to whom I could sell it to. I would love to send you a picture of it but am not very computer literate.
Annie

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Hello.

The Anchor/Lion combination indicates Birmingham. The only manufacturer I could find in Birmingham with an "FGH" mark is Harrison Brothers & Howson Ltd, used during the period 1985-2011. You might contact the Birmingham Assay Office for confirmation: http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/ . I don't know what the "I" represents.

I use eBay for price comparisons also. However, I generally only look at the "Sold" listings. Then you have proof of a real sale, not just someone's asking price. If the dates related to the manufacturer are correct, this probably is not a "collector's" item. Also, based on the weight, there is not a lot of value based on silver content. So, I would question the value you mentioned.

If there are shops nearby that buy and sell estate silver, I'd take your piece by and ask what they would offer. Then, you will have a good baseline to start with. If such shops are not nearby, a good antique dealer or auction house might give you some idea.

Selling on eBay may be the best option once you have determined a price. You'll have the widest audience of buyers.

Sorry I could not offer more help.

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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