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Q: I have a silver tea service that includes a teapot, sugar bowl and creamer marked “Tiffany & Co., quality 925-1000.” The set’s tray is marked “Dixon & Sons, Sheffield.” Can you tell me the value of this tea set?

A: The tray was not originally part of the set, since it was made by a different company. Charles Lewis Tiffany opened a retail store in New York in 1837. The name of the store became “Tiffany & Co.” in 1853. It’s still in business. In 1852 Tiffany & Co. set the standard for sterling silver in the United States, which is 92.5 percent silver. James Dixon began working in silver in Sheffield, England, in 1806. His company was called “James Dixon & Sons” by 1835. The company made Britannia, nickel silver and silver-plated wares. It was out of business by 1992. The quality numbers on the teapot, sugar and creamer indicate they are sterling silver, but the tray is silver-plated. The name “Tiffany” adds value to just about anything. Your set might be worth close to $1,000.


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