This Treasure Was Staring at Me Waiting for Me to Finally Find It!!!
This is a silver Reed & Barton that was my Grandma's vase.
If anyone has info on this, let me know. Not much online really. Has stamped Reed & Barton then under that a 2 and 8? Was polished the old fashioned way and rubbed out the 8 figure.
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- Antique silver Reed & Barton vase (Grandmother)
- Sterling silver jewelry cleaner (Had it)
- Paper towels, aluminum foil (Already had it)
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Rose P on Dec 19, 2016This is a loving cup, there are many examples online, they were used as trophys and also as wedding or anniversary gifts, I have one and I also use it as a vase in silver plate the value is about 35.00
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Comet on Jul 01, 2020
If this was orig stamped 925 that means it is Sterling Silver. It could, of course, be Sterling PLATED, or a thicker version of ROLLED silver over a base metal, usually copper.
Any one with a testing kit or a loupe (to enlarge the markings) should be able to help figure this out. The value changes dramatically if it is Sterling vs silver over a base. You could try one of those *We Buy Silver!* places or any actual old fashioned jeweler, prob not ones at the Mall.
Silver, esp old silver, is soft & can easily scratch, with foil, utensils, and NEVER put silver of any kind in the dishwasher!! If you worry about the inside find a glass vase or jar that fits a tad loosely inside, you don't want it to get stuck in there!!
Silver polish, soft flannel type cloth, bit of elbow grease. Don't try that "aluminum foil & baking soda in the sink" on ANYTHING you don't want destroyed, I have seen it eat enamel off of Sterling!
Third generation jeweler & metal work person here!
Hillela G. on Dec 20, 2016Wow! You have some beautiful treasures that you gave new life! Thanks for sharing this!!
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Shelby 🐈 on Jan 02, 2019
I just googled loving cup then tapped "silver" selection and they have a HUGE array of prices up with $410, with a HUGE selection of photos to look at.
I found this project under the header of things to do with aluminum foil, but it looks like that may be too harsh for your loving cup.
Beautiful find and restoration by the way.
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