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    Eugen Marcus Silver Centerpiece, ca. 1900

    Appraised Value:

    $5,000 - $7,000

    Appraised on: July 9, 2011

    Appraised in: Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Appraised by: Ronald Bourgeault

    Category: Silver

    Episode Info: Minneapolis, Hour 2 (#1617)

    Originally Aired: May 14, 2012

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    Form: Centerpiece
    Material: Silver
    Period / Style: 19th Century, 20th Century
    Value Range: $5,000 - $7,000

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    Appraised By:

    Ronald Bourgeault
    Decorative Arts, Folk Art, Silver
    Owner, Appraiser and Chief Auctioneer
    Northeast Auctions

    Appraisal Transcript:

    GUEST: It was something that was left in the house that my mother and father bought in Pacific Palisades in California.

    APPRAISER: Did they know anything about it?

    GUEST: Not that I know of.

    APPRAISER: It's quite a spectacular piece of silver. It was made in Berlin around 1900 by a man by the name of Eugen Marcus. It's what is known as continental silver. It's 800 parts silver rather than 925 parts, as our American sterling is. I did some research on the silversmith, and there are very few large masterpieces like this that he made. Most of what he made were sets of silver flatware, made for the German market and also for the export market. The auction value of this piece would be between $5,000 and $7,000.

    GUEST: Hmm. Well, that's nice.

    APPRAISER: Nice to have it left in the house, isn't it?

    GUEST: Yes.

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