Featured 5.25" tall weighted Frank M. Whiting Sterling Candle Holders

Discussion in 'Silver' started by MrNate, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. MrNate

    MrNate Well-Known Member

    Quick post today, the silver gods smiled on me again today. Managed to find these two sitting on a shelf at a store not too far from my house, I paid just over $3 total. I figured I'd snap a few photos before scrapping them (seems that weighted stuff doesn't sell well).

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  2. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I've been known to call these "sterling tin foil", i.e. a thin layer of silver over a core of steel and plaster or wax. Some have more silver than others, but I always have to laugh when I see some at an estate sale with a sky high price. I always know the family or dealer (generally not the dealer) had a thumb on the scale when the're priced at five or six times metal weight if not more.
     
  3. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I have a similar pair by Towle that were my mom's. They're "convertible" and missing the glass shades that fit into the gallery part (which is also removable, right?)
     
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  4. MrNate

    MrNate Well-Known Member

    I was thinking the exact thing, that these must have had a glass insert with them. I tried to find a photo of this set online but came up short; I did see a similar pattern that had glass included.

    Oh you just taught me something, I didn't know the top part comes off! Thanks ;) another little sterling stamp on the bottom of those.
     
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  5. Asian Fever

    Asian Fever Well-Known Member

    I like your convertible... :hilarious::hilarious:
     
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  6. MrNate

    MrNate Well-Known Member

    Quick update, for anyone that has never tried scrapping silver before. I decided to do a very "clean" scrap of these candle holders to show you what it looks like after you take out all the weighted stuff. These are relatively easy to get ready for scrap, there's even some nice videos on youtube that teach you how to do it. They certainly don't need to be perfect looking after your done, but it's kind of fun to try to keep them in their original condition with just the silver. These ended up weighing 90 grams after the weighted stuff removed.
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  7. Asian Fever

    Asian Fever Well-Known Member

    That is great, I hate anything weighed.:hungover::hungover::hungover:

    Except for food.....:hilarious::hilarious::hilarious::hilarious::hilarious:(I like stuffed pizza)
     
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  8. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Those are worth more than the usual; those bits that hold the glass shade are solid, unlike the rest of the stick. The average pair scraps out around $15-$20.
     
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