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Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668)





Treasure Hunt: March 16, 2017


03/16/17
By Donna Welch



 Dear Donna, 


My husband and I have a question for you. We are looking to add to a set that was given to us by my husband’s family. We don’t know how to go about it. We believe the pieces we have could be silver, but how do we find out how to acquire more? 

Sandy from Concord
 
 
Dear Sandy,
 
I love to hear that you are going to add to a family set.
 
First let’s start with your set, which is by the Rogers Brothers Co. The company started in the late 1800s and did both sterling and silver plated. If yours is sterling it would be marked so, and also the pattern will tell you whether it is or not. 
 
Your pattern is called Siren and it is a silver plated pattern so this means your set is not solid but plated with silver. No matter what, it’s a beautiful design and not to easy to come by. Some patterns are easier than others to get, which makes them inexpensive to pick up to complete or add to a set today. But yours may be a bit harder for you.
 
You could go through a replacement company now that you know the maker and pattern. But they tend to be a bit more expensive than if you can find pieces on other retail websites. Another thought is making some calls around New Hampshire and let antique shops know you are looking for certain pieces for your set and ask them to contact you if any of them show up.
 
As I said, if it’s not a common piece it can be tough to find, and expensive. A fork in your pattern in good condition should be in the $10 to $15 range. The more unusual the piece, the higher the cost.
 
I will keep my eyes open for you. Good luck in your hunt.





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