Dear Wally, I am interested in selling this flatware set so I am submitting a description and three photos for your appraisal.
Service of 12, initial "M", plus additional pieces:
Dessert forks 12
Dessert spoons 12
Butter spreaders 11
Canape or oyster forks 12
Sugar spoon 1
Lg. serving fork 1
Serving spoons 2
Butter knife 1
Carving knife & fork set 1
Gravy ladle 1
AW says: That's a sizable set which is good, that's one thing I like about it, the fact that it has the serving pieces is a plus. I think having the case with it will help it out, especially if you sell it on eBay, see why in the selling tips.
One of the things that is a minus on this set is that it's monogrammed, which tends to slow down the sale of such items. It's manufactured by the Dirigold co.
Date range: 1950s
Retail value: $125-$150
Wholesale value: $75
(The midrange price you could expect to achieve at a well advertised live auction. The price that is most often realized)
Quick sale value: $50
The price your likely to get if you have to sell your item immediately and your prospective customer is aware of this.
Common trade terminology: Dirilyte Flatware, gold tone flatware, bronze flatware.
Selling tips: If your considering selling this on eBay, I'd sell it with the box because it takes a great picture with the box. You may want to consider taking some pictures of it against a purple or blue background which looks great against gold.
In most cases, I believe it would be beneficial for your to give the prospective buyer a link to this page.
Care and storage tips: This actually has the same color all the way through and is not a "plated" flatware. The company is still in business and makes a special polish for their flatware.