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A Silver Marcasite Poison Ring with a Horse Head Mark circa 1920s.

Hello. It’s a silver marcasite poison ring. The top opens. There is also a tiny heart you can see printed to the left of the horse head.

Description and history

This is a Silver Marcasite Poison Ring with a Horse Head AA mark circa 1920s. The poison ring was used either to slip poison into an enemy’s food or drink, or to facilitate the suicide of the wearer in order to preclude capture or torture.

The marks is attributed to the European Silversmith Superior Dutch Silver. They employed this mark through 20th Century, but I can narrow the range of this ring to 1900-1920s. The ring is made of silver and it is considered a nice vintage-looking ring. The second mark, 925, means it is made of Sterling, one of the most pure silver alloys. In Sterling, 92,5% of the alloy is pure silver. This standard was used by Dutch Silversmiths, which confirms the procedence of this ring.

It is considered quite collectible as it is rare, made of silver and antique/Vintage. It is important to note that this horse head mark is not related to the well known hose head mark found in French Gold Jewelry (that has another meaning).

Appraisal Value ($)

– 150-250$

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:

https://www.channelreply.com/blog/view/how-to-take-photos-for-ebay

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.

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