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I have a silver tray that belong to my great grandmother.
It is 11"X8.5" has a handle and on the back is WM Rogers Quadruple 989.
It was made in Hartford Conn. I looked up the mark and the site I was own said the item was made between 1865-1898. I cannnot find one on the net that looks like it but wonder if it worth very much. It is worth a lot to me. Thank you for your time.

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Hello.

I'm not familiar with this specific tray so I'll give you some general info about it.

"Quadruple" means that it has four layers of silver plating on the surface. However, the thickness of all these layers still is extremely thin. "989" probably is the model number.

Wm Rogers Mfg Co was indeed founded in 1865. It was taken over by International Silver Company in 1898. However, International continued to use the "Wm Rogers" brand for many years. So, I think the tray could have been made after 1898. It's hard to tell unless you can find some way of dating the model number.

Generally, silver plate trays like this don't have a great value. My guess for trays of this size are in the $10 to $20 range. There are some exceptions and the value could be higher if a tray has a very nice or unusual design. You might check actual sales on eBay of silver plate trays to get some examples.

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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