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Treasure Hunt 12/07/17


12/14/17



 Dear Donna,


I have dinnerware sold by B. Altman in NYC (says made in Paris). I have a set of 12 forks, knives, spoons and butter knives and a set of six of salad forks and ice cream spoons with server.  They have ivory handles. I cleaned up a few and they clean up nicely. These were my great-aunts’ so had to have been purchased by her in the early 1900s, as she was born in 1888.
Do you think they would be worth anything?

Joan 
 
Dear Joan, 
 
How could they not be worth something to you if they have been in your family for so long? That always means something.
What it looks that you have is a brass or silver plated set of flatware (judging by the color in your photos). The handles appear to be either ivorine (which is a plastic made to look like real ivory) or possibly a Bakelite handle (another early plastic). The B. Altman Co. was a high-end store back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, so I would say it was costly at the time. 
I think you really need to bring it into an antique shop to have someone evaluate it in person. If it’s brass or silver-plated I would think the value would be in the $100 range but if your photos are deceiving, and you haven’t noticed that it might also say sterling silver, it could be worth a lot more. The store was known, as I said, for more high-end merchandise, but it sold other things as well.
I hope you find out more and let us know.

Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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