English Silverplate Corner Stand, ca. 1880
This is a corner stand that I inherited from my grandparents. They got married in 19... 1895, and it was in their home, in their dining room, and that's all I know about it.
My hunch is that it's made in England, if for no other reason it has these lion mask decorations on each of the shelves, which are... is a pure English motif. Corner stands are unusual. They are also known as whatnot stands. Very rare item. Silver furniture, in my 40 years in the business, I've never seen any. So, it's exceedingly rare. It's silver plate, but it's still silver. Of course, it has this beautiful beveled glass, which enhances the value of it. Do you have any idea what it might be worth?
Well, I discussed it with some of my colleagues and in a well-advertised auction, a silver stand like this would sell somewhere in the range of $5,000 to $7,000.
Oh, my goodness.
Thank you very much for bringing it to the ROADSHOW.
Thank you for having me.
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