Russian Enamel Silver Punch Bowl and Ladle, ca.1890

Value (2011) | $40,000 Retail
Watch  

GUEST:
I brought in a punch bowl with a ladle I inherited from my mother. I've had it looked at several times. Nobody seems to know what it is. One of the problems is that the signage on the bottom has been very carefully struck out with an instrument. I did have an antique dealer look at it, and he seemed to think the reason that the signage was struck out was because it looks very much like a Fabergè bowl, but actually it isn't, and he thought maybe the merchandiser wanted to sell it as a Fabergè.

APPRAISER:
It is Russian enamel silver. We have wonderful kind of gilt silver form, and then this enameling is a glass paste that is heated between cloisons, so it's called cloisonnè, and the little wires that surround the enamel decoration are cloisons, so then it is Russian enamel cloisonnè. So let's just take a look at that mark that you addressed. Here. And we have, basically, the mark has been obliterated to a certain extent, but the 84-grade silver, Russian silver here, has not been obliterated. You have cabochon stone, silver working, and the gilding is maybe a little bit diminished. I mean, that can certainly be regilt over a period of time.

GUEST:
I polished it a bit.

APPRAISER:
Polished too often, yes, okay. That very well may be the case, that the sign was obliterated or the mark was obliterated to make people think that it was a Fabergè piece. Probably Fabergè the best known of the makers of this type of ware. This may have been made by a lesser maker. Ovchinnikov was a good maker that made bowls and ladles very similar to this quality.

GUEST:
What date would this be?

APPRAISER:
These are known as Czarist, because it predates the revolution. Very good likelihood this would be 1890. I think a good retail price on this would be $40,000

GUEST:
Retail?

APPRAISER:
Yes, retail.

GUEST:
Oh, my goodness.

APPRAISER:
If this were an actual Fabergè piece, it would probably be worth $100,000 to $150,000.

GUEST:
You said 40...

APPRAISER:
Forty thousand dollars.

GUEST:
Hmm!

APPRAISER:
Yeah.

GUEST:
My goodness.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
EnservioSelect
Easthampton, Massachusetts
Appraised value (2011)
$40,000 Retail
Event
Minneapolis, MN (July 09, 2011)
Period
19th Century
Form
Punch Bowl
Material
Enamel, Gilt, Silver, Stone

Executive producer Marsha Bemko shares her tips for getting the most out of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

Value can change: The value of an item is dependent upon many things, including the condition of the object itself, trends in the market for that kind of object, and the location where the item will be sold. These are just some of the reasons why the answer to the question "What's it worth?" is so often "It depends."

Note the date: Take note of the date the appraisal was recorded. This information appears in the upper left corner of the page, with the label "Appraised On." Values change over time according to market forces, so the current value of the item could be higher, lower, or the same as when our expert first appraised it.

Context is key: Listen carefully. Most of our experts will give appraisal values in context. For example, you'll often hear them say what an item is worth "at auction," or "retail," or "for insurance purposes" (replacement value). Retail prices are different from wholesale prices. Often an auctioneer will talk about what she knows best: the auction market. A shop owner will usually talk about what he knows best: the retail price he'd place on the object in his shop. And though there are no hard and fast rules, an object's auction price can often be half its retail value; yet for other objects, an auction price could be higher than retail. As a rule, however, retail and insurance/replacement values are about the same.

Verbal approximations: The values given by the experts on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW are considered "verbal approximations of value." Technically, an "appraisal" is a legal document, generally for insurance purposes, written by a qualified expert and paid for by the owner of the item. An appraisal usually involves an extensive amount of research to establish authenticity, provenance, composition, method of construction, and other important attributes of a particular object.

Opinion of value: As with all appraisals, the verbal approximations of value given at ROADSHOW events are our experts' opinions formed from their knowledge of antiques and collectibles, market trends, and other factors. Although our valuations are based on research and experience, opinions can, and sometimes do, vary among experts.

Appraiser affiliations: Finally, the affiliation of the appraiser may have changed since the appraisal was recorded. To see current contact information for an appraiser in the ROADSHOW Archive, click on the link below the appraiser's picture. Our Appraiser Index also contains a complete list of active ROADSHOW appraisers and their contact details and biographies.