Discover Vintage America - MARCH 2015
Silver plate candelabra made by English company
Q: I need help determining a retail store value (I sell antiques) for a pair of candelabra made by Mappin & Webb. They are marked "Princes Plate Triple Deposit" and have lettering and numbering on them. They stand 12.5 inches tall and are about 12 inches wide. They weigh two pounds 12.6 ounces each. The person I got them from said they're circa 1900. She gave a reference to what looks like the same pair mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, being sold at Tudor Rose Antiques in New York at the time for $695. I know that was a long time ago. Note there's just two candelabra but I shot them against two different backgrounds.
A: These are a beautiful pair of silver plated candelabra. This is one of those English companies that merged a few times since its inception and finally became Mappin and Webb around 1863. It all started in 1775 in Sheffield,
England when Jonathan Mappin opened a silversmith shop with the dream of creating the most beautiful works of silver ever seen and then sell to the affluent.
As life would have it, Mappin & Webb created jewels for royal courts across the globe, from the Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, to the Empress of Siam and Princess Grace of Monaco. The brand historically held royal warrants to both the Russian Empire and the Japanese Royal household.
Queen Victoria was the first monarch to commission Mappin & Webb. Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee necklace was created by the company in 1888 and was designated by the queen as an heirloom of the crown.
The house has been a royal warrant holder since 1897 marking some of England's most significant cultural moments. The company continues to operate today. Mappin & Webb maintains warrants to both Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
Based on the overall look and design they look like Art Nouveau pieces, which would be from the turn of the century to around 1920.
As to having a value of $695, that price more than likely was for sterling silver instead of silver plate such as yours. If I had these in my shop I would put $125 on the pair and this would allow room for discounts and to come down if needed. I live in a big metro area so you need to take in to consideration the area where your shop is located.
Note: All prices given are for sale in a private sale, antique shop or other resale outlet. Price is also dependent upon the geographic area in which you are selling. Auction value, selling to a dealer or pawnshop prices are about half or less of resale value.
Michelle Staley is a Lenexa, KS-based dealer and researcher with 35 years of experience in the antique trade. Send questions with photos to Michelle to email@example.com. Please keep queries to one question; questions without photos of the item may not be answered. Michelle is also available for consulting and extensive research work beyond this column. If you would like an appraisal on an antique or collectible please go to www.michelleknowsantiques.com for a one-on-one appraisal.