14K Gold Vanity Sets, ca. 1905

Value (2013) | $15,000 Auction$20,000 Auction

They were my great grandparents'. I have my great grandmother's dresser set, and my great grandfather's. And they're 14-carat gold. They moved in their house in 1905, so I would assume that it's 1905.

They are a gentleman's dresser set and a lady's dresser set, and there's two companies involved here. The gentleman's set was made by William Kerr Company up in the Newark, New Jersey area. And the other one is a Gorham Corporation out of Providence, Rhode Island. They're both 14-carat gold. They're not solid 14-carat gold. Some of the pieces of gold are quite thin. The bristles on the brushes are boar bristles. You've got some wonderful beveled mirrors. You've got some perfume decanters and some little vanity pins, a hair receiver, a powder container, and they have designs on them. They were carved with wheels. Now, the Gorham Company acquired the Kerr Company in about 1906. So I think your date is right on. We've got 28 pieces here. And we have a calculated weight of approximately 448 troy ounces. Now, a lot of people, when they have this type of thing, they're thinking, well it's the value of the gold, and why not just scrap it? How come you still have this?

I love it, it's a family treasure.

That's a wonderful thing. Because so many people would just scrap this. But the interesting thing is, these two companies produced very little inventory in gold. They're known for sterling silver. So what you have here is creme de la creme of toiletry sets. Do you have any idea what this might be worth?

I have no idea.

You want to sit down, or you want to stand up?


We appraised this-- I talked to my cohorts on the table. Between 15 and 20 thousand dollars.

Wow, okay. My!

Appraisal Details

Rhinestone Rosie
Seattle, WA
Appraised value (2013)
$15,000 Auction$20,000 Auction
Detroit, MI (June 01, 2013)

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