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smichie

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I have Kings English pattern dessert spoons purchased in the '60's. They were NEVER USED, in original boxes. Are they a better quality silver than today's? Is it wise to trade them in at today's retail value?

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William Hood

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I assume you are referring to Tiffany's "English King" pattern. Pieces in this pattern made in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were generally superior to present-day counterparts because the dies were more crisply cut, and there was more hand-finishing. I have not had occasion to compare examples from the 1960s with current examples, and so I am unable to answer your question about relative value.

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The quality of Tiffany silver was actually pretty good up until the mid 1980s when it began to go south. I once had a large set of English King purchased from Tiffany in 1984 and if one had not known that fact, aside from the shape of some of the serving pieces, one would have been pressed to distinguish it from a set made in the early days of production. This GENERALLY holds true for most of the patterns. If your set was made in the 60s, it is of better quality than today's Tiffany.

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