|Date/Era/Period:||late 19th Century|
|Description:||Sterling footed platter (or base for something??). Repousse border and etched interior with very nicely detailed fruit with leaf/vine design. Monogrammed JMC in script. The piece measures 10.75" in diameter and sits 1.5 " high. It weighs 1lb 7.5oz (668g). Marked on bottom with "WILLIAM WISE & SON" and "STERLING 704." There is also something handwritten--something I hadn't noticed before taking the photos.|
|Condition:||Beautiful condition with usual marks of age, like simple surface scratches, which you can see in the up-close photos. There's also a very small , hard-to-find "ding" near the monogram (at about 4 o'clock).|
|Origin:||I inherited this piece from a family friend a few years ago; he was 90 years old. I believe the initials stand for his grandmother, Jane McPhale Coutts.|
|Provenance:||The Coutts family were from Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York, and it was Jane McPhale Coutts' husband, George H. Coutts, who was a founding partner of the Holmes & Coutts Company, a predecessor to the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). This item has been family-owned since its original purchase.|
|Appraised By:||Joan Whatton|
|Appraiser Comments:||Hello, this is Joan Whatton. Your request for an appraisal has been referred to me for a reply. I have closely examined the information tou have submitted. Thank you for the images and descriptive information. My findings are based on this information. The retailer of your item was William Wise and Son of Brooklyn, New York, the company was a well-known jewelry firm. The firm was located on Flatbush Avenue, and moved later to Fulton Street; the company went out of business in 1941. William Wise and Son retailed jewelry, clocks, novelty sterling silver items, flatware and solid sterling holloware (receptacles and containers) for manufacturers such as Gorham Manufacturing Co., your item was possibly made by the Gorham Co., a very reputable maker of high quality sterling silver. Your item is the bottom part of a serving dish, there is a circular low pedestal bottom on the dish. The pattern of your serving dish is very similar to the "Chester" pattern by Gorham. The repousse` on the dish indicates a style and design of the Art Nouveau period, a time when natural motifs such as leaves, vines, and fruit, especially grapes were used. Written documentation of your item as well as the history of the Coutts family should be researched, also the death of Jane McPhale (McPhail) Coutts and her estate at the time of her death. Genealogical websites can produce a great deal of information regarding provenance. I would date the sterling silver serving dish C. 1880-1910. The value for the serving dish, if the original cover were available, would be between $850.00 and $1100.00; the serving dish alone would be valued at $525.00. There are several websites that sell antique Gorham sterling silver holloware replacements: www.replacements.com; www.spencermarks.com; www.abesilverman.com; browsing the antique shops and checking auctions is another means to gain a replacement. Sometimes an exact match cannot be found; the website for Gorham is: www.gorham1831.com. The market comparison approach to value was used which estimates value by comparison with properties sold in the relevant market, with adjustments made for all differences that affect value, such as differences in characteristics of value, in market layer, and in time. The values listed below may vary depending on how and where it is marketed. Kindest regards and Best of Luck, Joan Whatton American Society of Appraisers Jondre` Appraisal Services, LLC|
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