Value and Pattern Name for a Sterling Silver Tray?

I own a sterling silver platter that was left to me by my great grandmother. I know that it is sterling as it is marked so as well as having the mark for Washbourne, Graff & Dunn. It is also stamped with the numbers 8552/236. It is 15 inches and very heavy. I'm hoping to find the name of the pattern and the value of it.
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November 1, 20190 found this helpful
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I did a quick research on Graff Washbourne & Dunn and learned they began silver pieces early 18th Century....so, your piece has a very old patina in comparing other pics of their work...I would suggest you do an online search for silver appraisals and send them a photo of yours. I saw a plate/platter similar to yours that has French influences; just a bit more decorative, but has the same motif as yours does. Good Luck in your researching.

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If you are asking to get a pattern name, the numbers you have are the pattern. These pieces did not always come with other matching pieces...like dishes do, so if you are asking to try to by more pieces it is going to be a matter of search by the brand and the look to see if they made anything else that goes with it. Often they just made the trays since serving platters were quite popular in the early 20th century.

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If you are asking for value to sell it, in probably 90% of my dealings with silver items, if it is sterling the value for scrap is typically more than the value for resale.

This website talks about your exact platter (from 2012) www.justanswer.com/.../74rpb-15-inch-sterling-platter-graff...

I would not use the values from then as silver values change daily, but it is in interesting assessment.

You can get an estimate of what it would sell for scrap by taking nit to a place like Treasure Hunt or a place that their only business is to buy gold/silver. OR, if you have a good jewelry store (not one like Kay's or that sell mass produced jewelry--but to either a family owned one or one that specializes in custom pieces you can see if they will give you scrap value. I suggest getting up to 3 bids, then try to list it on eBay at twice that and see if you get any nibbles. (Avoid pawn shops for the bidding process.)

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I only suggest eBay ONLY if you are an experienced seller. If you are not an experienced seller, I don't suggest an online sale (too much chance for fraud that plagues new sellers).

Then I would suggest taking it to an antique dealer and having them consign it for you (if they think they can get you a value higher than scrap.)

Post back what you decide!

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Upload the picture to www.replacements.com. They will tell you the pattern and the value.

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November 2, 20190 found this helpful

This company has an online encyclopedia to help further all research on silver that was made by the company. This is an excellent place to start and could give you some information that you are looking for.

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Other than this there are appraisers online that you can contact. I do happen to like this one and they are quite good. You can check them out. fisherpreciousmetals.com/.../

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