Yesterday, we were talking with a silver appraiser regarding two candelabra pieces. The smaller candelabra was made of sterling and the larger more elaborate piece was silver plated. The appraiser valued the silver plated piece at about three times the value of the sterling piece. His reasons:
- The silver plated piece was made by a well-known English manufacturer; it had a very nice design and was in excellent condition
- The sterling piece was plainer, its design was of the 1960's (not very distinctive) and just not as nice looking
So, we stand corrected. Silver plated pieces of high quality and nice design can be valuable.
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