Tiffany Silver Coffee Set, ca. 1855

Value (2005) | $9,000 Auction$12,000 Auction

GUEST:
I have this silver tea set that has been passed down in my family for about four generations, on my mother's side, and it's just something we value highly and I think it's beautiful.

APPRAISER:
This is your family name, then, on the monogram.

GUEST:
Correct. My great-great-grandmother was Reid.

APPRAISER:
And it's actually on each and every piece.

GUEST:
Correct.

APPRAISER:
This coffee service was made by Tiffany & Company-- the store in New York, which is still there-- but it was at an earlier location. Tiffany, as the years went on, moved uptown. And this bears the address of 550 Broadway, which is... They're up on 5th Avenue now. This mark dates this piece and it tells me that this was made prior to the Civil War. This was made somewhere between 1850 and 1860. The quality of the workmanship is absolutely phenomenal. This leafage on the coffee pot, which are raised, applied leaves-- just beautiful. Do you have any idea what it might be worth?

GUEST:
No idea at all.

APPRAISER:
Well, I think, in a well-advertised auction, a three-piece coffee service of this quality and this age... uh, by Tiffany, would carry an estimate of somewhere between $9,000 and $12,000.

GUEST:
Wow. That's fabulous.

APPRAISER:
Thank you very much for bringing it to the ROADSHOW.

GUEST:
Well, thank you.

Appraisal Details

Appraised value (2005)
$9,000 Auction$12,000 Auction
Event
Houston, TX (July 16, 2005)
Period
19th Century
Form
Coffee set
Material
Silver

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