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I have 12 5 piece place setting plus serving pieces of Kirk "Repousse"in vermeil on sterling. All were purchased around 1968-70 and are well used.  I did not take very good care of it and many pieces are now scratched, discolored, worn, etc.  I either want to remove all the vermeil and continue using it as sterling silver flatware or sell it for the value of the metal.  I have no idea how to proceed with either of these endeavors.  Can you advice me??
Can you give me a rough estimate of the cost of removing the vermail?  What might the value be if I sold it?
Thank you very much for any help you can give me.

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Hello.

I have never been involved with the removal of vermeil and cannot say what a cost estimate would be.

Since the set is not in great shape, I'd start with calculating the scrap value: http://www.silverrecyclers.com/Calculators/ster_calculator.aspx . For pieces like dinner knives that are not 100% sterling, estimate 15 grams of sterling or 1/2 ounce for the handles.

Once you have this estimate, check for actual sales of this pattern on eBay to see the selling price. After this exercise, you'll have a ballpark value.

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..........

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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)

Education/Credentials
BS, University of Alabama; MS, University of Maryland

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