A sugar bowl? N. de A on one side. R. de A on the other. Reed & Barton stamp, but also a hand engraved number 84230 maybe.
Description and history
This is a Reed and Burton sugar Bowl from circa early 20th century. The marks corresponds to either a Silver Plated or Silver Soldered bowl, which is quite typical from R&B. If the bowl was made of silver-or sterling- we should see a silver hall mark. Keep in mind the mark is mandatory if it has any silver content.
The number 84230 corresponds to a pattern identification number. There is a engraving that says N de A and R de A. This is probably custom made by the original owner of the bowl. The word “de” is typically found in Spanish language, so most likely the origin of this piece is South America, I would say Argentina.
About the value of the bowl, sadly, there isn’t too much value on this piece as it is made of silver plated and it isn’t made of silver. If you still have doubts and if you think that it is made of silver, you can purchase a silver acid test that’s super easy to use:
Appraisal Value ($)
How to sell it
As this object is made from precious metals, some precautions are needed to sell it. Safety first, if you sell it directly to an individual, make sure you meet the potential buyer at a public place, for instance, a coffee shop. If you ship the object, please, make sure to use a fully-insured shipment method and specifically declare the value of the shipment goods in the forms. The increased insurance fee is an investment and most likely, mandatory all the time. If you have any doubt about the buyer, I would recommend to inmediatly decline the sale. It is really easy to sell this item, so it isn’t worth taking excessive risks.
To sell the items, I would recommend doing so through the internet. You have plenty of options, for instance:
– Ebay, Craiglist, Etsy, Facebook ads, Amazon marktplace
I would probably go ahead and take a couple of good pictures, like described here:
Then I would use the provided description as a text to the ad, and an attractive ad title will make it.
There isn’t any special difference between selling it on Etsy, FB or Amazon. I would recommend to upload the same ad to at least two or three platforms. It will ensure a high visibility of the ad.
The asking price can be close to the value, it depends upon how fast you want to sell. In general, an agressive strategy of 20% price cut will work great, however it depends upon your specific location.
About the valuation method
To value this item I have considered the results from past auction sales. Keep in mind that the final price can be different from asking prices that you can find on the internet. You can see ads on the internet with different asking prices. However, a very high asking price doesn’t normally find cash from a buyer.
That’s why our method comprises searching and comparing similar past sale results that had a buyer. That’s why we can provide an accurate estimation of this item.