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03/18/2013 08:37 am ET

Country Living Appraises Pre-1965 Sterling Silver Corn-Cob Holders: What Are They Worth?

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"My great aunt passed down these corn-cob holders. I'd loved to know their age." -- A.W., Enid, Oklahoma

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Pre-1965 Sterling Silver Corn-Cob Holders

Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.

WHAT IS IT?

All 12 of these three-inch-long sterling utensils -- shaped like tiny ears of corn -- are stamped with the maker's mark for the Massachusetts-based Webster silver company, which was founded in 1869 and acquired by Reed & Barton in 1950. Figural corn-cob holders like yours appear in Webster's 1916 catalog for 44 cents apiece. Since the design remained unchanged into the 1960s (when the holders cost $1.30 each) it's impossible to precisely date your hand-me-downs. Still, most sets on the market today include only six to eight pieces, so your intact dozen fetches a pretty penny.

What's It Worth: $200

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