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masmith

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iconnumber posted 11-27-2001 10:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for masmith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have several silver pieces made or retailed by Tiffany. My father inherited them from his mother. What course should I take to get them properly valued so that I may sell them for him. I would like to research this myself if possible and then post the items on E-Bay. Is that a reasonable way to market the items?

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William Hood

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iconnumber posted 12-05-2001 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for William Hood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably the best place to start would be to consult an accredited appraiser. Consult the Yellow Pages under appraisers or you might inquire at a local museum for recommended individuals. You could also go to an antiques shop specializing in silver for an opinion. Some antiques dealers are also accredited appraisers. A second opinion is advisable, especially if your silver is very valuable. eBay is a reasonable way to sell your items provided you have an accurate estimate of their value.

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Scott Martin
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It is nice to have family items that have been handed down from generation to generation.... To request information about an professional appraiser in your area, go to here. The following is from this link:
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Appraisals

Ask 10 people on the street what an appraisal is and how an appraisal is done and you will get 10 very different answers. The common thread heard is that an appraisal tells you "what it is worth" and is usually obtained by "asking/calling a dealer." In the simplest of terms this is generally correct. However, please don't contact us or any professional appraiser requesting a phone or email appraisal because if you need the appraisal for legal, tax, business, insurance, replacement, damage, loss, charitable gift, gift, estate, equitable distribution and/or other professional reasons a phone or an email appraisal will prove to be very inadequate.

A professional appraiser cannot appraise your silver without personally inspecting it. Please don't waste your time asking for an appraisal based solely on your description or photographs. When you deal with a trained professional appraiser, one who belongs to one of the personal property appraisal associations (AAA, ASA, ISA), you will receive a documented comparative analysis as a written appraisal. A professionally written appraisal comes at the conclusion of a series of very specific and uniform steps which include: personal inspection, research, documentation and a comparative market study. A professionally written appraisal will conform to a standard called USPAP or Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Your appraisal when done properly can take a considerable amount of time so be prepared to compensate the professional appraiser accordingly. Also be sure that the appraiser specializes in the types of items being appraised.

When you ask for and get a verbal or a "seat of the pants" (or Internet) written opinion this is not an appraisal, it is only a guesstimate. When asking a dealer for their opinion, remember they have to balance what they tell you. The dealers guesstimate usually falls somewhere between what they would buy it from you for, what they would sell it to you for and what they think will make you happy. This is not an objective opinion and so the declared value could be way off either way.


To find an appraiser in your area click here.

A simple way to get an idea is to watch eBay for the next year and see what several similar items sell for.

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