1805 Paul Storr Cruet Set
It's a cruet set. It's been in a box for years, and seven or eight years ago, somebody came by and took a look at it and said, "Geez, the hallmark's interesting. You ought to have it checked." So seven years later, I raced right down, and here I am, sir. I know nothing about these.
I'm certainly glad you did. It's English, what we call Georgian silver, which is sterling silver, and very beautiful cut crystal. It's a six-bottle cruet stand, and it was made in London in 1805.
And the maker is a gentleman by the name of Paul Storr, S-T-O-R-R, one of England's most famous late-18th- and early-19th- century silversmiths. The very finest quality, the detail in the stand, the detail in the mountings, quality of the cut glass, 40:46:14 the beautiful markings, which are on each one. Do you have any idea what it might be worth?
(chuckles) I haven't a clue, and I had a heart attack in April, so you better come easy on me.
Well, I'm going to try to, but you might be rather surprised to find out that in a well-advertised auction, a piece of Paul Storr silver of this quality is somewhere in the $8,000 to $12,000 range.
I'm shocked. (stammers) I can't speak so smoothly now. (laughing)
Current Appraised Value: $8,000 - $12,000 (Unchanged)
Bourgeault notes that two similar Paul Storr cruet sets have sold at auctions in the U.S. during the past year, one for $9,400 and the other for $10,600.
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