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    1883 Whiting Sterling Silver Westminster Kennel Club Trophy Bowl

    Appraised Value:

    $2,500 (2012)

    Appraised on: August 4, 2012

    Appraised in: Corpus Christi, Texas

    Appraised by: David McCarron

    Category: Metalwork & Sculpture

    Episode Info: Corpus Christi (#1703)

    Originally Aired: January 21, 2013

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    Form: Award, Trophy
    Material: Silver
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $2,500 (2012)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:08)


    Appraised By:

    David McCarron
    Asian Arts, Glass, Pottery & Porcelain, Silver
    Senior Appraiser-Fine & Decorative Arts

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I got this bowl from my mother. She's had it about 30 or 40 years. She picked it up in a garage sale. I want to say she paid about five dollars for it.

    APPRAISER: Okay, and when you brought it in this morning, actually it was fairly tarnished.

    GUEST: Yes, it was.

    APPRAISER: And you, as a Girl Scout, went into the ladies room and borrowed some toothpaste.

    GUEST: Yes, I did. And did a little quick polish on it. Actually, I was told that by a Girl Scout.

    APPRAISER: Oh, okay.

    GUEST: And she loaned me toothpaste to clean it, yes.

    APPRAISER: Great. Okay, so now it's a little bit more polished, what do you know about the bowl itself?

    GUEST: I know that it was a trophy from the Westminster Kennel Club.

    APPRAISER: Okay.

    GUEST: It was from 1883, and that's really all I know about it.

    APPRAISER: If we look here on the bottom, this is all hand hammered, and there's here the mark for Whiting, which is an American company started in 1840 and then purchased by Gorham in 1926. And then we have the retailer's in New York mark here. Now dog and other related trophies are very desirable in the marketplace. I think in today's market, you easily could be $2,500 as a retail price.

    GUEST: Thank you, that's awesome.

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