1867-1890 London Sterling Silver Toast Rack ~ Accordian Style ~ 8.6 Oz. ~ .963
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1867-1890 London Sterling Silver Toast Rack ~ Accordian Style ~ 8.6 Oz. ~ .963:
1867-1890 LONDON STERLING SILVER TOAST RACK ~ ACCORDIAN STYLE ~ 8.6 OZ. ~ .963!
Accordian-style Sterling Silver Toast Rack
London circa. 1867 - 1890
Silver marks in order, left to right:
1) Silver Standard Mark: Sterling - "Lion"
2) City Mark: London - "Leopard Head" (uncrowned)
3) Import Mark: Foreign manufactured - "F" (used 1867-1904)
4) Duty Mark:1838 - 1890 - "Queen Victoria" head (mark abolished 1890)
5) Makers Mark: "E.G." marks:
1) Hunting Dog "pointing" left. (i couldn't identify this.)
2) "963" stamped underneath (I'm assuming this is silver content. I think England used the standard Lion silver mark to denote .925 and higher, with no unique stamp for higher silver content.
I used this information to date this piece. I amnot a silver expert, so this information is only mybest guess. You mustlook at the marks and draw your own conclusions. I weighed the pieceon my accurate digital scale.
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(My basic rule of thumb is that if a record isn't pretty "minty" to begin with, I don't bother listing it. It's just too problematic dealing with "mid-grade" records online. I stick to the good stuff; and have had no trouble with grading expectations.)
STRICT GOLDMINE GRADING
( . . i do use "EX" as a super-sweet spot gradesolidly above "VG+" . . . but oh-so-slightly below the pristine, just-opened appearance of a true "NM" record.)
These are absolutely perfect in every way. Often rumored but rarely seen, Mint should never be used as a grade unless more than one person agrees that the record or sleeve truly is in this condition. There is no set percentage of the Near Mint value these can bring; it is best negotiated between buyer and seller.
NEAR MINT (NM OR M-)
A good description of a NM record is it looks like it just came from a retail store and it was opened for the first time. In other words, its nearly perfect. Many dealers wont use a grade higher than this, implying (perhaps correctly) that no record or sleeve is ever truly perfect.
VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+) or EXCELLENT (E)
A good description of a VG+ record is except for a couple minor things, this would be Near Mint. Most collectors, especially those who want to play their records, will be happy with a VG+ record, especially if it toward the high end of the grade (sometimes called VG++ or E+).
VG+ records may show some slight signs of wear, including light scuffs or very light scratches that do not affect the listening experience. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are OK. Minor signs of handling are OK, too, such as telltale marks around the center hole, but repeated playing has not misshapen the hole. There may be some very light ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable.
VG+ covers should have only minor wear. A VG+ cover might have some very minor seam wear or a split (less than one inch long) at the bottom, the most vulnerable location. Also, a VG+ cover may have some defacing, such as a cut-out marking. Covers with cut-out markings can never be considered Near Mint.
Very Good (VG)
Many of the imperfections found on a VG+ record are more obvious on a VG record. That said, VG records which usually sell for no more than 25 percent of a NM record are among the biggest bargains in record collecting, because most of the big money goes for more perfect copies. For many listeners, a VG record or sleeve will be worth the money.
VG records have more obvious flaws than their counterparts in better shape. They lack most of the original gloss found on factory-fresh records. Groove wear is evident on sight, as are light scratches deep enough to feel with a fingernail. When played, a VG record has surface noise, and some scratches may be audible, especially in soft passages and during a songs intro and ending. But the noise will not overpower the music otherwise.
VG covers will have many signs of human handling. Ring wear in the middle or along the edges of the cover where the edge of a record would reside, is obvious, though not overwhelming. Some more creases might be visible. Seam splitting will be more obvious; it may appear on all three sides, though it wont be obvious upon looking. Someone might have written or it or stamped a price tag on it, too.
Good Plus (G+)
or Very Good Minus (VG)
These records go for 10 to 15 percent of the Near Mint value, if you are lucky.
Good does not mean bad! The record still plays through without skipping, so it can serve as filler until something better comes along. But it has significant surface noise and groove wear, and the label is worn, with significant ring wear, heavy writing, or obvious damage caused by someone trying to remove tape or stickers and failing miserably. A Good to VG cover has ring wear to the point of distraction, has seam splits obvious on sight and may have even heavier writing, such as, for example, huge radio station letters written across the front to deter theft.
If the item is common, its probably better to pass it up. But if youve been seeking it for a long time, get it cheap and look to upgrade.