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carolyn burrus
iconnumber posted 06-26-2000 09:33 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a tea set with deerhead and legs. I would like to know the age and value. On the bottom it states Meriden 1876. I bought it at a garge sale for $30. Thank you for any info. Carolyn B

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iconnumber posted 06-26-2000 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It sounds like an interesting set. Victorian silver plate manufacturers were not afraid to take risks, and the result was some fascinating (and amusing) designs. I think I have seen a deer leg set like yours before.

Your set probably dates from the 1880's or 1890's. Value will largely depend on condition and completeness. A full tea set from this time period might consist of 7 or 8 pieces, with a matching tray!

As for condition, check to see how much of the silver plate is still there. Usually sets of this age will be worn though to the base metal in spots. If there isn't any wear-through, good for you! Also, check to see if all the pieces are intact. Legs, finials and handles were easily broken, and are difficult to replace.

Regardless, $30 sounds pretty good to me. The teapot, if in good condition, is probably worth at least that much.

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iconnumber posted 06-26-2000 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a very good article on deer motif wares in Silver Magizine: "Tracking Deer in Silverplate" by Judy Redfield, July/August 1997. It covers the origin & development of the form, its dates (early 1860s to late 1870s), and is well illustrated. Back issues can be had at and are quite reasonable.

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