Archive for the 'Silver' Category

09
Feb
15

Going, Going…Gone? No!

Missed Michaan’s last estate auction? For the following 5 business days post sale, you now have the opportunity to purchase unsold lots. Michaan’s presents “Buy It Now,” giving you a second chance at owning an unclaimed treasure. For more information and to view unsold estate auction lots, please click here.

mgallery copy

 

06
Jan
14

Understanding the Misunderstandings Pt 3 – Sterling Silver Marks

Furniture and Decorative Arts Assistant Katie O’Connell:
“There is so much confusion in understanding what determines whether a piece is sterling silver or is, for instance, a silver plated item.  With very few exceptions, sterling silver is always marked.  If you cannot find a mark that says sterling, bears a number or see evidence of English hallmarks, then it is not a sterling silver piece.  The look of the piece has little to do with making this determination; it is all about the mark or lackthereof.”

Preisner Sterling Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service marking

Preisner Sterling Four Piece Tea and Coffee Service marking

Please visit Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Main Gallery located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.  This free service is a wonderful opportunity to not only find out information on up to five pieces, but to potentially find out if you are sitting on a treasure!

By Laura A. Baker

15
Aug
12

Appraisal event discovery: Gorham Sterling Flatware

A woman from Redwood City brought her friend’s flatware set to the Michaan’s Auctions appraisal event held on August the 15th of 2012.  Given to the friend as a wedding gift some twenty odd years ago, she has had the pieces tucked away in storage ever since.  The unused set remains in remarkably pristine condition, as beautiful as it was at the time of purchase.  Furniture and Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton noted the mark of “Gorham Sterling” upon the pieces and declared the set absolutely “gorgeous.”  The flatware that had been collecting dust for decades will now be up for auction at an estimate of $3,000-5,000.

Gorham Sterling Silver Set

Gorham Sterling Silver Set

05
Jul
12

July 4 Appraisal Event find

A gentleman from Boston came to the appraisal event held on Wednesday, July 4th with this unique silver plate service set. The pieces were part of a collection inherited from the consignor’s grandparents and aunt from Manchester, New Hampshire. Upon their passing, they were discovered in their collective attics. The consignor eventually came to find that they were part of a family collection that had spawned over the course of over 100 years. Furniture and Decorations Specialist Elizabeth Dalton recognized the set to be American circa 1870s and noted the unique and impressive looking figures decorating the pieces. Dalton understood that this interesting design feature would most likely appeal to an auction audience and consigned the set with tray at an estimate of $300-400.

Silver Plate Tea Service

Silver Plate Tea Service




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