1805 Paul Storr Cruet Set
Appraised Value: $8,000 - $12,000
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Frank Boos, who originally appraised this object, died in 2006. We contacted appraiser Ronald Bourgeault for an updated appraisal in today's market.
• Current Appraised Value: $8,000 - $12,000 (Unchanged)
Bourgeault notes that two similar Paul Storr cruet sets have sold at auctions in the U.S. during the past year, one for $9,400 and the other for $10,600.
Appraisal Video: (1:46)
GUEST: It's a cruet set. It's been in a box for years, and seven or eight years ago somebody came by and took a look at it and said, "Gee, the hallmark's interesting. You ought to have it checked." So seven years later I raced right down, and here I am, sir. I know nothing about this.
APPRAISER: I'm certainly glad you did.
GUEST: I need to know how to clean the bottles.
APPRAISER: I would suggest you use Coca-Cola.
GUEST: I've heard that.
APPRAISER: It's English, what we call Georgian silver, which is sterling silver, and very beautiful cut crystal. It's a six-bottle cruet stand, and it was made in London in 1805.
GUEST: Good gosh.
APPRAISER: And the maker is a gentleman by the name of Paul Storr-- S-t-o-r-r-- one of England's most famous late 18th and early 19th century silversmiths. The very finest quality-- the detail in the stand, the detail in the mountings, quality of the cut glass, the beautiful markings which are on each one. Do you have any idea what it might be worth?
GUEST: I haven't a clue, and I had a heart attack in April, so you better come easy on me.
APPRAISER: Well, I'm going to try to, but you might be rather surprised to find out that in a well-advertised auction, a piece of Paul Storr silver of this quality is somewhere in the $8,000-to-$12,000 range.
GUEST: I'm shocked. I d-d... I can't speak so smoothly now. (both laughing) Thank you.
APPRAISER: Thank you very much.
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